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Toronto Maple Leafs signed Topi Niemelä (3 Years / $856,667 AAV)

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May 13 at 7:51 p.m.
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Topi Niemelä has signed a new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
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SIGNED BY: Kyle Dubas
LENGTH: 3 YEARS
EXPIRY STATUS: RFA
SIGNING TEAM: Logo of the Toronto Maple LeafsToronto Maple Leafs
VALUE: $2,570,000
C.H.% Tooltip: 1.04
SIGNING DATE: May 13, 2022
SOURCE: CapFriendly

Topi Niemelä signed a 3 year, $2,570,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 13, 2022. The contract has a cap hit of $856,667.

SEASONCLAUSECAP HITTooltipAAV TooltipP. BONUSESTooltipS. BONUSESTooltipBASE SALARYTooltipTOTAL SALARYTooltipMINORS SALTooltip
2022-23$856,667$856,667$0$85,000$765,000$850,000$80,000
2023-24$856,667$856,667$0$85,000$775,000$860,000$80,000
2024-25$856,667$856,667$0$85,000$775,000$860,000$80,000
TOTAL$2,570,001$2,570,001$0$255,000$2,315,000$2,570,000$240,000
May 13 at 7:52 p.m.
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One of the biggest steals in the 2020 draft



I know Hayley Wickenheiser will be excited to work with him thats for sure.
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May 13 at 8:46 p.m.
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I love Topi. He's the real deal. We've got some pretty sweet young defenseman under contract, between Sandin / Liljegren / Niemela, plus Rielly locked down for 8 more years, we are set
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May 13 at 11:04 p.m.
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Sun. at 6:39 a.m.
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Quoting: LeafsDude
I love Topi. He's the real deal. We've got some pretty sweet young defenseman under contract, between Sandin / Liljegren / Niemela, plus Rielly locked down for 8 more years, we are set


I don't mean to be pessimistic, but Reilly's contract is crazy. Starts now for 8 years? It'll be like other aged dmen in 3,4 years.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Liljegren this summer though. It'll be a tough signing
Sun. at 2:55 p.m.
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hmm...how does this signing get the Leafs passed the 1st Rd ?

It doesn't
Sun. at 3:28 p.m.
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Edited Sun. at 3:37 p.m.
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I don't mean to be pessimistic, but Reilly's contract is crazy. Starts now for 8 years? It'll be like other aged dmen in 3,4 years.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Liljegren this summer though. It'll be a tough signing


Rielly's deal is a steal in this age considering all the Dman who are making 8-10mill now and some of which are worse than him lul. Remember Pitrangelo is making 8.8mill and since signing that deal has been a shell of his former self.

Rielly since he signed that deal had his second best NHL season and had a good playoff showing. By the time he starts to slow down Sandin should be ready to take the role as the #1 Dman or it could be one of the other LD prospects we got. Its not a concern now as Rielly is no where near that yet.

And nothing will happen with Liligren he will sign a deal and have a full time role on this team. This year was his breakout year and from the looks of things hes only gonna improve

As for 2022 if Niemela has a strong showing and makes it probs will see

Rielly-Brodie
Muzzin-Niemala
Sandin-Liligren
Sun. at 8:19 p.m.
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We'll have to see if Niemela is coming to the North American and the Marlies or spends another year in Finland. Leafs have few true NHL Dman prospects. What like to see what he can do with the Marlies and hopefully a good NHLer sooner than later.
Sun. at 9:29 p.m.
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We'll have to see if Niemela is coming to the North American and the Marlies or spends another year in Finland. Leafs have few true NHL Dman prospects. What like to see what he can do with the Marlies and hopefully a good NHLer sooner than later.


I believe hes coming to work with the Leafs training staff and they will see if he makes it out of camp. If he does make it hes a member of the Leafs 2022-2023 team.

But if he doesnt instead of the Marlies per the rules since he signed a deal in Liiga he will be back in Liiga till the end of the Liiga season. But once the season is over he can either join the Marlies or Leafs depending on how well he does.

Now to me I think his game will translate well and having a vet partner in Muzzin should help him out. I think he is a year away but next to Knies hes the prospect to watch. Also got his WJC partner Kokkonen in our system so thats something to work around.
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Rielly's deal is a steal in this age considering all the Dman who are making 8-10mill now and some of which are worse than him lul. Remember Pitrangelo is making 8.8mill and since signing that deal has been a shell of his former self.

Rielly since he signed that deal had his second best NHL season and had a good playoff showing. By the time he starts to slow down Sandin should be ready to take the role as the #1 Dman or it could be one of the other LD prospects we got. Its not a concern now as Rielly is no where near that yet.

And nothing will happen with Liligren he will sign a deal and have a full time role on this team. This year was his breakout year and from the looks of things hes only gonna improve

As for 2022 if Niemela has a strong showing and makes it probs will see

Rielly-Brodie
Muzzin-Niemala
Sandin-Liligren


Let's see what Reilly looks like in 2026, I guess. Who knows, maybe you're right, but I can't think of many dmen who kept playing at a high level beyond 33 years.
I agree Lillgren will sign obviously...I'm saying it'll be tough cap-wise and term-wise.
Anyways, yes Leafs defence will be better next year for sure.
Should make Steve Simmons happy at least. Not that he deserves to be happy...lol
 
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