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Maple Leafs sign goaltender Joey MacDonald

Monday, 08.10.2009 / 5:01 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

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"We are pleased to be able to add a goaltender of Joey’s caliber to our roster.  He brings experience and character to our organization and gives us depth at the goaltending position."
-- Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Joey MacDonald to a one-year contract.

"We are pleased to be able to add a goaltender of Joey’s caliber to our roster," said Burke. "He brings experience and character to our organization and gives us depth at the goaltending position."

MacDonald, 29, registered a 14-26-6 record, one shutout, a 3.37 goals against average and a .901 save percentage in 49 games with the New York Islanders last season. He started 17 consecutive games from November 3 to December 8 and was named the NHL's "Third Star of the Month" for November after leading all goaltenders in games (14), minutes (842) and shots faced (439), and sharing the lead in wins (8).

The 6-0, 197-pound goaltender has appeared in 66 career NHL games with the Islanders, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, posting a record of 17-34-9 with a 3.31 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.

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