The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has re-signed forward Nicholas Abruzzese to a two-year, two-way contract extension. The average annual value of the contract is $775,000 at the NHL level.
Abruzzese, 24, posted 48 points (16 goals, 32 assists) through 69 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) during the 2022-23 season while adding seven points (two goals, five assists) through seven playoff games. Abruzzese tied for second in assists and ranked third in points among Marlies leaders during the 2022-23 regular season. The Slate Hill, NY native collected two assists in two games with the Maple Leafs this past season. Abruzzese has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 career NHL games with Toronto.
This is the classic tweener contract where the NHL AAV is low, and the AHL salary is... well, we don't know yet. But the expectation is that Abruzzese would easily clear waivers and would start the season on the Marlies. Abruzzese has 11 NHL games played so far but only played in two last season.
With this signing the Leafs have all their free agents re-signed.