Leafs Officially Ink Frogren, Cynics On High Alert

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IJuly 9, 2008

As reported here last week by your's truly, the Maple Leafs have officially inked Jonas Frogren, the Swedish defenseman from Farjestads to a two year contract.

Terms of the deal are not yet available, however, the Maple Leafs did pay his Swedish club team a reported $200,000 to buyout the remainder of his contract.

(By the way my original article on Frogren has over 1900 reads.  Only in Leafs Nation does the signing of an unknown Swedish defenseman herald such acclaim)

Of course this has many Maple Leafs cynics on high alert, blasting the Maple Leafs for signing Frogren.  And while I don't shy away from smack talk between fans, in fact I heavily encourage it, I think most miss the mark by a mile with their criticism of Fletcher's latest move.

Frogren is what he is.  He will not put up big numbers for the club, and quite frankly I don't think Fletcher, or head coach Ron Wilson would be expecting that from him.

He is simply there to add some depth, and some grit.

Frogren is a stay at home defender who thrives on the shut down game.  Coach Wilson's defensive style appears perfectly suited for Frogren's game.

He will compete for a roster spot come training camp, but by all accounts he is being signed to be a part of the big club next October.


Guest Interview Coming

Following up on my widely successful first interview, in which I got the chance to go one on one with Scott Mitchell of Hockeysfuture.com, I will be conducting my second interview for bleacherreport.com tomorrow morning and am hoping to have it posted sometime tomorrow afternoon.

I won't go into great detail (and those who know, let's keep it a little hush hush) but I am very proud and honored to be interviewing the man I am going to get to sit down with tomorrow morning.

He has been a part of the Toronto Maple Leafs for over a quarter century.  That's all the clues for now.