Free Agency Wrap-Up : Opening Week
The free agency period opened last weekend and the Marlies were active in bolstering the roster for the 2017-18 season, re-signing one familiar face and adding a pair of new players.
The Marlies started the weekend off by announcing the return of winger Rich Clune for the 2017-18 season. Clune, who served as an alternate captain last year, is entering his third season with the team and has recorded 34 points over his first two campaigns. He has also competed in 20 playoff games over the past two Calder Cup campaigns.
Marlies Add Dupuy and Novak
Additionally, the Marlies made a pair of signings last weekend, as well, adding forwards Jean Dupuy and Max Novak for the 2017-18 season.
Dupuy spent the past two seasons with the Rochester Americans, posting 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 46 games. He has 33 career points in 120 AHL games with the Americans. In 99 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (Ontario Hockey League), Dupuy collected 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists).
The Marlies also signed Max Novak, who earned 15 points in 63 games with the Albany Devils last season. Novak has played three seasons with the Devils, playing in 110 games and collecting 29 points. Novak joined Albany after graduating from Union College of the NCAA’s ECAC Hockey Conference.
Sparks, Holl and Greening Ink NHL Deals with Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs announced that a trio of Marlies from the 2016-17 season will be returning to the organization on National Hockey League deals, signing centre Colin Greening, defenceman Justin Holl and goaltender Garret Sparks.
Greening played in 69 regular season games with the Marlies last season, collecting 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) and adding four more in the Calder Cup Playoffs. He has earned 84 points in 181 career AHL games and 102 points in 286 games in the NHL.
Sparks appeared in 31 games with the Marlies last year, posting a 21-9-0 record and finishing with a 2.16 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has 49 career AHL wins and holds a career 2.31 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
Holl recorded 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 72 games on the blueline with the Marlies last season. The Minnesota native has earned 40 points in 132 games with the Marlies over the past two seasons, plus an additional 11 points in 26 playoff games.