Toronto GM Brian Burke dipped his itchy trigger fingers into the free agency waters Thursday afternoon and fished out Colby Armstrong for three years at $3 million per. Armstrong had been with the Atlanta Thrashers since the 2008 trade deadline when Pittsburgh sent him there in the Marian Hossa trade.
Armstrong fits Burke's mold as a plucky, tough forward with offensive skills. The 27-year-old right wing has 178 points in 360 NHL games. He scored a career-high 22 goals in 2008-09 when he also matched his career high with 40 points. His numbers dipped to 15 goals and 29 points this past season.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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