According to Leafs PR Twitter account, the Leafs have signed former Philadelphia Flyer Matt Read to a professional tryout (PTO) agreement:
.@SportChek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have signed forward Matt Read to a professional tryout (PTO) contract. pic.twitter.com/FBqPI0L631
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 2, 2019
As shown in the photo from Twitter, the 33-year-old played some time in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild last season, but most of his season was with the AHL affiliate Iowa Wild. In 61 games in the AHL, Read scored 37 points in 61 games. During 12 games in the NHL with Minnesota, he scored just one point.
For a professional tryout, Read isn’t officially part of the roster. He will participate in training camp with the rest of the team, and play in some preseason games, however, he has no impact on the roster. This is not a contract, but an official audition. Since the Leafs have 48 contracts out of a maximum 50, with Mitch Marner still without a contract. As such, signing Read would be a remote possibility at best. It will take a very impressive training camp for him to earn a roster spot.
The more likely reason for signing this is one …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation