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Leafs Acquire Jeff O'Neill

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(July 30, 2005) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the club has acquired forward Jeff O'Neill from Carolina in exchnage for a conditional fourth round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.

The Maple Leafs also announced that O'Neill was signed to a multi-year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

O'Neill, 29, played 67 games for Carolina in 2003-04 collecting 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) with 60 penalty minutes. He finished first on the team in powerplay goals (7), second in game winning goals (4), second in shots (207) and third in goals.

The native of King City, Ontario enjoyed his best season in 2000-01 setting career highs in games played (82-tie), goals (41), points (67) and penalty minutes (106). He led the Hurricanes in goals for four consecutive years (1999-00 to 2002-03) and twice led the team in points (2000-01 and 2002-03).

He played in the 2003 NHL All-Star Game and reached the Stanley Cup Finals with Carolina in 2002. He scored three goals in six games against Toronto in the Conference Finals that year.

O'Neill has played 673 career NHL games for Hartford and Carolina collecting 416 points (198 goals, 218 assists) with 552 penalty minutes. In 34 career NHL playoff games he has collected 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) with 37 penalty minutes. He was originally Hartford's first choice, fifth overall in the 1994 Entry Draft.,

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