TORONTO- The Toronto Marlies continued to piece together their 2012-13 roster on Monday by signing three players to one-year AHL contracts.
Forwards Mike Zigomanis and Will Acton re-signed with the club while defenceman Dylan Yeo will join Toronto after playing 48 games last season with the Oklahoma City Barons.
For the 31-year-old Zigomanis, the AHL deal he signed, unlike the two-way NHL contract he’s coming off of, means he cannot join the Marlies’ parent club Toronto Maple Leafs at any point in the season.
In parts of three seasons with the Marlies, the Toronto native has played in 139 games and recorded 121 points while also logging heavy minutes on both the power play and penalty kill.
The 25-year-old Acton is coming off a rookie season where he played in 69 games, recording seven goals and 16 points.
After starting last season as a healthy scratch, Acton took advantage of his playing time and earned the fourth-line shutdown role. He also centered the second unit on the league’s top penalty kill and earned high praise from head coach Dallas Eakins during Toronto’s Calder Cup run.
Yeo is entering his sixth pro season of hockey and Toronto will be his seventh pro team.
The 26-year-old has appeared in 174 games in the ECHL and 102 in the AHL. The 48 games he suited up last season with the Barons was the most AHL action he has played in one year.
The Maple Leafs also announced on Monday, in a separate press release, that the club has re-signed defenceman Mark Fraser to a one-year two-way NHL contract.
The 25-year-old Ottawa native was picked up by Toronto at last year’s NHL trade deadline from the Syracuse Crunch and instantly turned into one half of the team’s shut down unit alongside Korbinian Holzer.
While Fraser’s deal will give him a chance to show Leafs’ brass what he can do at training camp, he’ll most likely be back in the AHL as the team’s top stay-home blue liner..
With Zigomanis and Acton both returning, Toronto’s deep down the middle and may see Zigomanis, Keith Aucoin, Joe Colborne and Acton as their four centreman to start the season.
Zigomanis, Aucoin, Fraser and Captain Ryan Hamilton are each classified by AHL rules as a “veteran”. Each team can have six vets, which means the Marlies still have two available veteran spots available depending on the future of Matt Lashoff and Kelsey Wilson.