Leafs Sign Defenseman Brett Lebda—Is A Kaberle Deal Close?

July 7th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke continued to put his stamp on the club, signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Brett Lebda to a two-year, $2.9 million contract on Wednesday.

Lebda’s contract will pay him $1,450,000 in each of the next two years, either in the AHL or the NHL.

Lebda, who spent parts of the past five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, stands 5’9” and weighs in at 195 pounds—not exactly your prototypical “Burke” player.

Through 63 games with the Red Wings in 2009-10 Lebda posted one goal and eight points to go along with his minus-2 rating.

His best season came in 2006-07 where he scored five goals and added 13 assists for a career high 18 points to go along with his impressive plus+16 rating.

Originally an undrafted player, Lebda, 28, brings a little playoff experience with him having played 62 career Stanley Cup games with the Red Wings, which also includes a Stanley Cup victory in 2007-08.

The obvious question is this: why, with seven NHL calibre defensemen already in the fold, would Burke deem it necessary to sign an eighth defenseman?

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