The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Calle Rosen to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.
The extension is a one-way contract and will hold an average annual value of $750,000 according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
Rosen originally signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Leafs back in July 2017. He appeared in four games with the Leafs to open the 2017-18 campaign, but was sent down to the AHL for the remainder of the campaign.
He finished the campaign with 22 points in 62 games with the Toronto Marlies. While he spent the regular season feeling out the North American game, Rosen looked like a seasoned pro in the playoffs, finishing tops among Marlies defenders with five goals and 11 points in 16 postseason contests en route to a Calder Cup.
Rosen has 19 points in 24 games so far this season, which is sixth-best in the AHL for defencemen.
The 24-year-old is likely to take a spot in the Leafs’ lineup next season with the new deal. He has proven himself offensively and his ability to move the puck will greatly benefit Toronto on the breakout.
With Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Jake Gardiner, Kasperi Kapanen, and Andreas Johnsson all up for contracts this offseason, the Leafs need value contracts like these to stay competitive with less cap flexibility.
Rosen still has another season to grow as a top defender on the Marlies before he has to worry about making the jump to the NHL.