After almost two full months since having been acquired from the Winnipeg Jets for Par Lindholm, the Toronto Maple Leafs locked up another one of their own on Thursday afternoon, signing right-winger Nic Petan to a two-year contract extension.
Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet.ca was first to report that a deal was in the works between the two sides while he also noted that an announcement was soon to follow upon completion.
The two-year deal is set to take Petan through the conclusion of the 2020-21 regular season, meanwhile, it is set to kick in at the beginning of the 2019-20 regular season.
In taking a look at Nic Petan, the 23-year-old native of Delta, British Columbia has scored one goal and two assists, making for three points registered in 18 games played. He also adds two penalty minutes and a -5 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the left-handed right-winger has scored six goals and 18 assists, making for 24 points registered in 113 games played. He also adds 30 penalty minutes and a -16 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
Petan was originally selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has seen time playing with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL before eventually making his NHL debut at the beginning of the 2015-16 regular season.
Following his five-year tenure with the Winterhawks in Portland, Petan made the quick jump to the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League where he added six points in 26 games before being reassigned to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.
In a statement from general manager Kyle Dubas with regards to the deal, he said, “He has a lot of talent, we just feel we need to bring him in and work with him, give him an opportunity, have him work with our development people and look to help maximize his potential. He is competitive, he can play centre and wing, he is versatile that way, and so we’re excited to bring him in.”
With Petan now being the latest Maple Leafs player to sign on long-term, he becomes the fifth pending restricted free agent the Maple Leafs have extended for a cap hit below $800,000 this season. At this time, Petan is currently playing out a one-year deal from the Winnipeg Jets which carries a total cap hit of $874,125.
He now joins Trevor Moore ($775,000 for two seasons), Calle Rosen ($750,000 for two seasons), Garret Sparks (one-year, $750,000) and Andreas Borgman (one-year, $700,000). On the other hand, the club signed Auston Matthews to a five-year, $58.17 million contract extension last month.
Given the updated status of Canadian centreman Nic Petan, the Leafs have four restricted free agents remaining on their current 23-man roster. This includes Mitchell Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson and Igor Ozhiganov.
In other news surrounding the Maple Leafs organization, the team announced on Monday morning that Frederick Gauthier would miss the next two games, both on the road, after suffering a foot injury on Saturday night and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
Following their 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs return to action on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena as they play host to the New York Rangers at 7:00pmET. The game can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet One, NHL Network and CBC, meanwhile, it can be heard on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.