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Maple Leafs sign Krejci

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the acquisition of unrestricted free agent centre David Krejci. According to reports, Krejci signed a 3-year contract worth $6.75 million per season that also included a maximum signing bonus. Krejci spent last season split between Montreal and Columbus scoring just 9 goals and 14 assists in a down season. “David had an off year, but we full expect him to rebound with the Maple Leafs,” said GM Garrett Hansford. “This is a player who will complement our forward group perfectly. He’s a great playmaker and we see him setting up the likes of Brendan Gallagher and Brayden Schenn all season long.” Toronto has been forced to react after seeing long time forward Evgeni Malkin sign with the Blackhawks last week. “Gino’s gone, so it was quickly onto plan b,” said Hansford. “We had a lot of cap open up, so that provided us with some options. I don’t see us using it all at this point, but it gives us the flexibility if something comes up down the line.” Toronto is expected to shop for another goaltender to back up Frederik Andersen after Craig Anderson signed with the Stars. "“We had hoped to sign Craig Anderson which is why we acquired his negotiating rights but his agent never wanted to engage in negotiations prior to the open of free agency,” said Hansford. “He wants the chance to start, and he just wasn’t going to get that here. We wish him and his family good luck in Dallas.”