Interesting Signing: Bates Battaglia

It surprised me when the Leafs seemingly showed zero interest in bring back Bates Battglia but that seems to have changed as TSN’s free agent tracker is indicating that the Leafs have signed Battaglia to a 2-year, $650,000/year contract. This is interesting because the Leafs now have too many forwards to go along with their too many defensemen and there are still rumours of them looking at more free agents (i.e. Slava Kozlov). It could just be a depth move and they but it could also be a set up move for a trade down the road in which they dump a forward with a larger contract (Antropov?) to free up some more salary cap room for another free agent signing. There are lots of Leaf rumours floating around so stay tuned, the Leafs are probably not be done yet.