Leafs sign Swedish forward Rickard Wallin to one-year deal

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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Swedish forward Rickard Wallin to a one-year contract Friday.

The 29-year-old Stockholm native played 55 games last season for Farjestads in the Swedish Elite League, where he led the team in goals (tie-18) and points (45), while adding 27 assists.

The 6-2, 195-pounder was originally selected by Phoenix in the sixth round (160th overall) in the 1998 draft, but was traded to Minnesota in June 2000.

In 19 career NHL games from 2002 to 2004 with the Wild, he registered six goals and four assists.

"He's a strong two-way centreman that will provide a solid presence in our dressing room," said Leafs GM Brian Burke in a statement.

Wallin won a bronze medal with Sweden at this year's world championships in Switzerland.



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