Strachan, 29, had two assists in 18 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He spent most of the season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, where he had four goals and 19 points in 60 games.
A fifth-round pick (No. 137) of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Draft, Strachan has one goal and 15 points in 138 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers and Capitals. He has one assist in two Stanley Cup Playoff games, with the Panthers in 2012.
We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.
— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff