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Maple Leafs sign Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli to one-year deals

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola to one-year contracts.

Santorelli's deal is worth US$1.5 million, according to a league source. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Kontiola will reportedly make $1.1 million. His agent, Mark Gandler, confirmed the one-year contract and said the Finnish centre had to pay 20 million Russian rubles—roughly C$620,297—to get out of the final season of his KHL deal.

Coupled with Tuesday's signing of Finn Leo Komarov, the Leafs retooled at forward after letting Mason Raymond, Dave Bolland and Jay McClement leave in free agency. Komarov returned to Toronto after a year in the KHL.

Gandler said Kontiola was pencilled in as the Leafs' No. 3 centre. Santorelli could also fill that role or replace McClement on the fourth line.

Santorelli, 28, had an impressive 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games for Vancouver before a shoulder injury derailed his season.

Kontiola, 29, spent the last five seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. Before that he played 12 games for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007-08 season, recording five assists.

He helped Finland win a bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics with five points in six games.

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