Leafs beef up blue line, sign former Barrie Colt TJ Brodie

“TJ has been on our radar for a long time”

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to make a splash in NHL free agency. Hours after inking hard nosed winger Wayne Simmonds the Buds announced they had come to terms with defenceman TJ Brodie.

RELATED: Leafs land forward Wayne Simmonds on first day of NHL free agency

Toronto signed Brodie to a 4-year, $20 million contract. The deal includes a partial no-move clause in the first year and a partial no-trade provision in the second, third and fourth seasons.

The move to Toronto brings Brodie to the second NHL team of his career. Brodie has spent the last 9 season in Calgary, racking up 48 goals and 266 points from the blue line. The Chatham native has a unique connection to the Leafs from his minor hockey days. The team tweeted out a video of a then 11-year-old Brodie taking part in the Leafs skills competition in 2002. Brodie ended up hitting all four targets in his shooting contest – as did Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker.

Feature image courtesy of Toronto Maple Leafs via Twitter