Matt Hunwick was a great depth defenseman for the New York Rangers during his one season stint on Broadway. He was used mostly as a seventh defenseman and when called up, elevated his game to help secure a “W” for his team.
Unfortunately, in this cap area, teams are forced to let great players go. The Rangers were reportedly interested in bringing Hunwick back, but instead, let him test the open market. The Toronto Maple Leafs secured his services in no time by signing him to a 2 year deal worth $2.4 million ($1.2 million per year).
Hunwick played in fifty-five games with the Blueshirts during the 2014-2015 season and tallied two goals and eleven points. The thirty year old defenseman was mostly used at even strength, but did like to join in the rush and definitely was a great fit in head coach Alain Vigneault’s system. Hunwick proved his worth to our team when called upon and had few, if any, faults in his game.
With this signing, Toronto is obtaining a responsible blueliner who plays with some grit and can be trusted in his own zone. Gaining a veteran like Hunwick will help bolster the backend in Toronto, but also allows players in the Rangers’ system to step up and fight for that seventh spot.