For Nick Shore, Toronto is a welcomed change

Eduardo Harari
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Photo courtesy of Kevin Hoffman, Getty Images

TORONTO. - After a year with the Mtallurg Magnitogorsk in Russia, Nick Shore has arrived in Toronto after signing a $750,000 US deal with the Leafs.

Shore is no stranger to the NHL after having spent 26 games with the L.A. Kings, Calgary and Ottawa before moving to Russia for one season. The Denver naitive hopes to help the Leafs win as he did for his Pioneers. 

“It was a bit of a surprise last year,” Shore said of finding himself in Russian steel country to keep his career active. “It’s different, the living situation, the hockey. I was there by myself, it was definitely a culture experience. But I’ve nothing bad to say. You take it as a positive (16 points in 37 games) and move forward.”

The 6-foot-1 Shore hopes to be in the fourth line mix at camp, though Jason Spezza has the inside track at centre, Frederik Gauthier returns and other budget signings will contend.

“Play your game, do the little things and that will take care of itself,” Shore said.