Leafs letting go of Armstrong
LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
|The Maple Leafs will buy out the final year of Colby Armstrong's contract. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency file photo)
TORONTO - Colby Armstrong, who looked like he’d been through two world wars in just two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, is being let go.
The club put him on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract -- he was set to earn $3-million in 2012-13 -- for two thirds of the price Saturday.
The right winger, a free agent signed two years ago Sunday, played an aggressive style that led to a string of injuries. He served Toronto as an alternate captain, a nod to his strong dressing room presence.
Armstrong was hurt for more games (85) than he played (79) for the Leafs and spent much of the second-half of last season recovering from a concussion and broken toe, which followed a spained ankle. Several shot-block injuries, an infected eye and an arm injury lessened his impact during his first season in Toronto.
“Thanks to the Leaf Nation for the support over the last couple seasons,” Armstrong tweeted Saturday morning, announcing his own release. “Although I had tough luck thanks for everything.”
The 29-year-old ended with the hashtag #lotsleftinme, indicating the eight-year NHL veteran will try to sign with another club.
With the buyout, Armstrong will be on Toronto’s books for $1-million this season and in 2013-14.
“(Armstrong) certainly gave us all he had,” Dave Poulin, vice president of hockey operations for the Leafs, said in an e-mail. “He is a high quality person, but in the end, the injuries over the last two years were too much to overcome. We wish him only the best moving forward.”