TJ Brodie to TOR— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
T.J. Brodie, UFA of the Calgary Flames was one of the players involved in a Nazem Kadri trade last year that failed when Kadri refused to waive his no-trade clause. That worked out well for him, and less well for the Leafs.
Now, the Leafs get their man as a UFA.
Brodie is 30, and was drafted by the Flames in the fourth round in 2008. He is a left-shooting defender with extensive experience on the right side for the Flames playing opposite last year’s Norris Trophy winner Mark Giordano.
Brodie is coming off a contract with the Flames that had an AAV of $4.65 million.
Originally from Chatham, Ontario, it’s entirely possible the Leafs signed two Red Wings fans in one day. Listed at 6”1” and 183 lbs, he’s a bit smaller than Jake Muzzin, but carries a reputation as a more defensive defenceman.
TJ Brodie (4x5m with Toronto) is a very good defensive defender with a decent shot. pic.twitter.com/SoLBuR6aDi— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) October 9, 2020
That’s pretty good defensively, albeit more in shots against than quality against.
The criticism of Brodie has long been that by playing almost exclusively with Giordano, even a good model fails to isolate what’s Brodie and what is Gio. However, this season, he played a bit with Michael Stone, who is no Giordano, and had a fabulous year.
Brodie is 4x$5M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
This sure seems like an excellent deal.
Leafs fans thought that losing out on the Brodie deal last year was dodging a bullet, likely because the other player involved was Mark Jankowski, who hasn’t impressed. But with Alex Kerfoot locked up and Brodie on the roster, this is the best of both worlds.
We’ll have a detailed look at the cap implications once the contract details are confirmed.
T.J. Brodie on why he liked fit with #Leafs: "There were a lot of things. The fact that they wanted me. It's close to home, so I feel like it's a good mix and hopefully I fit in."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 10, 2020
Brodie on his impressions of #Leafs: "They're a great team. They're fast, skilled. It's a tough team to play against. I just hope to add to that. Whether that's moving the puck or just in the defensive zone, I'm pretty much up for anything."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 10, 2020
Brodie on fellow #Leafs blueliner @mriles4: "He's a great player. He's similar to [Giordano]. He's one of those guys who's good at everything. He's physical, he's good defensively, offensively, and I just hope if I play with him that I make him better."— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 10, 2020
T.J. Brodie's contract with the #leafs includes a no-movement clause, which means he'll be protected in the Seattle expansion draft.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 10, 2020
Very interesting structure put together with the no-trade clauses. That would not be a comfortable buyout or trade in the final year.
TJ Brodie contract breakdown with Leafs:— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 10, 2020
All base salary no signing bonus