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Peca agrees to one-year deal with Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs signed veteran center
Michael Peca to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

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The 32-year-old Toronto native earned $3.99 million last season
with the Edmonton Oilers. After a slow start, he recorded six goals
and five assists in 24 playoff games. Peca had nine goals and 14
assists in 71 regular-season games.

"My willingness to play in Toronto goes beyond being from
Toronto," said Peca at Tuesday's news conference. "It's
recognizing an organization that prides itself on wanting to win."

Peca, an 11-year veteran, twice won the Selke Trophy as the
NHL's top defensive forward.

"What we're adding now is some real solid two-way play, and a
guy that's really going to help us be a harder team to play
against," said general manager John Ferguson. "We're going to be
younger, quicker and play a more up-tempo style."

Peca was traded to Edmonton from the New York Islanders last
Aug. 3 in exchange for forward Mike York and a fourth-round draft
pick.