After not receiving a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks, centerman David Kämpf hit the free agency market as an unrestricted free agent. On Thursday afternoon, Kämpf was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on a two-year deal.
David Kampf's two-year deal with the #leafs carries a $1.5M AAV.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 28, 2021
Kämpf heads north of the border on a two-year deal with Toronto with a $1.5M AAV cap hit.
After joining the Blackhawks organization ahead of the 2017-18 season, Kämpf spent time with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL becoming a full-time NHLer with the Blackhawks in a fourth-line role during the 2018-19 season. In his North American professional career, Kämpf has skated in 235 NHL games with 58 points in three and a half seasons in Chicago.
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 28, 2021
After signing Adam Gaudette, trading for Tyler Johnson, and tendering offers to Brandon Hagel and Alexander Nylander, it looked like Kämpf’s time with the Blackhawks would eventually come to an end. He kills penalties and wins faceoffs, not much else. He joins the Maple Leafs likely playing in a fourth-line center role there, just like he did in Chicago.