The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to add depth and character as they acquire Jerry D’Amigo from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. While D’Amigo might not be the most skilled player in the world, he’s a huge fan favourite and a guy whom teammates are willing to battle for every night. The Leafs made the deal to re-acquire Matt Frattin who they had traded to the Kings last season.
D’Amigo spent this past season playing for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL and many were expecting him to get some quality time on the Toronto Maple Leafs this upcoming season because of his stellar play. D’Amigo did lace up for 22 games with the Leafs but managed just 1 goal. He was however, much better with the Toronto Marlies recording 33 points in 51 games and adding 14 points in 14 playoff games during the Marlies Calder Cup run. He’ll be a great character guy who plays on the 3rd line and splits time with the Blue Jackets minor league team next season. Jerry D’Amigo is knocking on the NHL door and with the right coach who doesn’t limit his minutes and bury him in the minors can be a tremendous asset to any team.
The Leafs in return welcomed Matt Frattin home who has had a rough time finding a home. He received solid minutes with the Los Angeles Kings but couldn’t get the job done and had trouble in Columbus as well; He managed just two goals and added five assists in 44 games with the Kings and Blue Jackets. He’ll get a second crack at making it in Toronto next season when the Leafs and Frattin attempt to add him into their line-up. They Leafs acquired Frattin originally in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL draft but couldn’t produce at the level they were hoping.