Toronto Maple Leafs sign defencemen Benn, Mete to one-year deals

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TORONTO, Ohio — The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defencemen Jordie Benn and Victor Mete to one-year contracts on Thursday.

The average annual value of both contracts is US$750,000.

Benn, a 34-year-old from Victoria, B.C., recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 39 games with the Minnesota Wild during the 2021-22 season.

Benn has played in 595 career games split between Minnesota, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Montreal and Dallas and posted 135 points (25 goals, 110 assists) while adding four assists through 23 career playoff games.

He originally joined the Dallas Stars organization as a free agent on September 27, 2010.

Mete, a 24-year-old from Woodbridge, Ont., recorded seven assists in 37 games with the Ottawa Senators during the 2021-22 season. Has has 43 points (five goals, 38 assists) through 236 career regular-season games with Ottawa and Montréal and has collected two assists in 10 career playoff games.

Mete was an assistant captain with the Canadian team that won gold at the 2018 world junior championships, and recorded three assists in six games in the tournament.

Mete was originally selected by Montréal in the fourth round (100th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2022.

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