After injuries decimated their blue line, the Toronto Maple Leafs circled back to defenseman Rasmus Sandin and re-signed the restricted free agent to a new deal. According to the Leafs’ official announcement, Sandin inked a two-year contract.
Sandin’s new contract will earn him a total of $2.8 million with a $1.4 million annual salary.
Sandin missed the start of training camp while waiting for a new deal, but now that he’s back, his teammates are happy to have him around.
“Really good player,” said fellow defenseman Morgan Rielly. “He’s a big part of our group. We’re excited to get him back.”
Having Sandin back should prove as a huge boost for the Leafs’ blueliner group. The team has four defensemen dealing with injuries, including veteran Jake Muzzin, who has back issues, and All-Star Jamie Benn, who suffered a groin injury in a recent preseason contest against the Montreal Canadiens.
Rasmus Sandin entered the league as Toronto’s late first-round selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He went back and forth between the AHL and NHL in his first two seasons before receiving an expanded role in 2021-22. Sandin played a total of 51 games with the Leafs last season, contributing five goals and 11 assists for a total of 16 points.