Forward Jay McClement signs $3-million, two-year deal with Maple Leafs

Sunday, 07.01.2012 / 5:45 PM The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping Jay McClement can help improve their sagging penalty kill.

The checking-line forward signed a US$3-million, two-year deal after free agency opened on Sunday.

McClement is a seven-year NHL veteran who spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, where he led the team in short-handed time on ice.

Toronto has been ranked no higher than 24th in the NHL in penalty killing since the 2004-05 lockout.

In 553 career games with St. Louis and Colorado, the 29-year-old McClement has 63 goals and 177 points.

Also Sunday, the Leafs signed forward Matt Frattin to a two-year contract.

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