Yesterday morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced the signing of four entry-level contracts. Two of them went to prior draft picks approaching a referendum on their rights being held (Pierre Engvall and Jesper Lindgren), and two went to “free wallets” out of Europe in Swedish centre Par Lindholm and Russian defenceman Igor Ozhiganov.

Ozhiganov’s contract has been the most-gossipped of the bunch for the longest time, with rumours of him signing with Toronto coming out as early as August 2017. At the time, I described him as a good potential addition to the organization, since free, capable right-handed defencemen don’t particularly grow on trees.

Now, I’m not so sure.

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