Yesterday, the Leafs signed goalie Ben Scrivens to a two-year deal, worth just over $600k per season. It's great value if he turns out to be a halfway serviceable backup, and not a big loss if he doesn't. It's a fair reward for a player who had a great season last year, and who may well start with the Leafs.

From Kyle Cicerella:

"It’s a big weight off for me," said Scrivens about putting pen to paper. "It was a long summer and I have never really been through a process like that. (But) a lot of times that’s how negotiations work. We had things we were looking for and management had their guidelines. It was just a matter of finding that middle ground."

So hurray for Ben Scrivens. Jump for more links.

The wonderful progression of Mike Brown’s beard
Just can't get enough. From JB.

UPDATE—Window open for Scrivens to play in AHL if signed
The only problem is that we don't know as of yet if his contract is 2-way or not. From Cam Charron.

What do you think? Flames players relent on boycott of team charity event—how would you feel if Leaf players did the same?
I think it's pretty lame. Do the darn charity event and be happy about it, for crying out loud. Michael Langlois asks for your opinions.

Front-loading the CBA
I wish the Leafs could out-spend the world. From Cam Charron.

Capitals sign forward Troy Brouwer to 3-year contract extension
Washington forward gets $11-million deal. Probably too much. From the AP at the Globe.

Give and take between NHL and NHLPA not nearly enough
NHL, NHLPA trade proposals but ultimately all are rejected. Oh boy. From James Mirtle.

Junior hockey coach gives your new favourite interview ever
Well done. Video link from JB.

One Touch Passes: Visnovsky trade stands, CBA talks happen, and on-ice logos
From JB at BHS.