Here we find the answer to a question that has been asked in various forms during this ‘Year of the Contract’ in Toronto: How can the Maple Leafs afford to sign all of their young stars and continue to compete?
May we introduce Calle Rosen.
Not so much Rosen, individually, but what the $1.5-million, two-year extension the Leafs gave him Monday represents in the larger picture.
The 24-year-old, left-shot defenceman is a player the organization has come to value. The fact he was handed a one-way deal for both 2019-20 and 2020-21 after playing just four career NHL games is a reflection of that.
Rosen came over from Sweden as a free agent prior to last season and has more or less been a mainstay in the American Hockey League ever since. As a member of the Marlies he’s shown an ability to skate and distribute the puck, while growing more comfortable with the defensive zone battles found in the North American game, and reached a point where management sees everyday NHLer upside in him.