The Toronto Maple Leafs sign Mark Giordano for another 2 years

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Today, rather than taking the long weekend off, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Mark Giordano to a two-year contract extension with an $800,000 salary cap.

Toronto-born Giordano was acquired at the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline alongside Colin Blackwell for two second-round picks and a third in what was a steal at the time and was confirmed at the end of the regular season.

Giordano helped shore up the Maple Leafs’ blueline with 12 points in 20 games into the playoffs and fell in love with his usual partner, Timothy Liljegren.

Giordano’s signing was a big wish for many Maple Leafs fans, but the cost was a concern, with some people predicting his worth in the free agent market at around $6 million, others around $2.5 million to $3 million U.S. dollar.

Kyle Dubas has been adept at attracting and retaining veteran Toronto-area players before, and now Giordano joins Wayne Simmonds and Jason Spezza in this column.

The Maple Leafs aren’t done yet, they still have work to do with nine other players to make decisions:

Two more years for the 38-year-old defenseman means he will most likely retire as a Maple Leaf, hopefully with a Stanley Cup ring or two.

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