Maple Leafs organization signs 33-year-old defenceman to PTO

Published December 5, 2023 at 1:02 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs organization depth on the blue line has been tested in the first couple months of the 2023-24 NHL season and on Tuesday, they've decided to dip into the free agent market.

According to Nick Barden of The Hockey News, the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, have signed 33-year-old defenceman Cameron Gaunce to a professional tryout contract (PTO).

"#Marlies have signed defenceman Cameron Gaunce to a PTO.

The 50th overall pick in 2008 played 52 games with the AHL's Ontario Reign last season, scoring two goals and seven assists.

The 33-year-old has played 37 career NHL games." Barden said.

Gaunce, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche back in 2008 and has appeared in games in the National Hockey League with them, the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the Maple Leafs dealing with multiple injuries on the blue line on their NHL roster, it's only a matter of time before General Manager Brad Treliving goes out and pulls off a trade, with the team currently being linked to Chris Tanev of the Calgary Flames.

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