Duco, acquired from the Florida Panthers on Saturday in exchange for the rights to Russian wing Sergei Shirokov, had 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in two games with Florida last season. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound right wing is known for his willingness to stick up for teammates.
Terms of the contract were not revealed.
The 24-year-old native of Toronto spent most of the 2009-10 season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, producing 9 goals, 19 points and 111 penalty minutes in 59 games. In 12 career NHL games, Duco has 0 points and 60 penalty minutes.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
5:00 ET: NHL Live Powered by Constellation 7:00 ET: NHL Tonight