Leafs sign Swedish forward Rickard Wallin to one-year deal

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.

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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.