As NHL free agency opened on Wednesday, former member of the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Former Soo Greyhounds forward Michael Bunting has signed a two-year deal with the team while Sault native Michael Amadio has reportedly signed a one-year contract.
Bunting’s two-year deal with the team is worth an average annual value of $950,000.
The 25-year-old is coming off a gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Hockey Championship,
Bunting played in 21 games last season with the Arizona Coyotes, scoring 10 goals and adding three assists. He also had seven goals and 19 points in 16 games with the Coyotes American Hockey League affiliate, the Tuscon Roadrunners.
A fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Bunting has 205 points in 323 career games in the AHL and 14 points in 26 career NHL games.
Multiple reports also have Sault native Michael Amadio signing a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs.
While the team has yet to confirm the news, Sportsnet is reporting that Amadio has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the team worth $750,000.
Amadio played in 25 games last season with the Ottawa Senators, picking up three assists.