Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed free agent defenceman Jeff Finger to a four-year contract.
“Jeff is a player that will bring a much needed physical element to our team,” said Fletcher. “He showed tremendous improvement in his game last season and he plays a strong positional game at both ends of the ice.”
Finger, 28, averaged 19:57 of ice-time in 72 games for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007-08 season. He collected eight goals and 11 assists and a plus 12 mark which ranked fourth-best on the Avalanche. His goal total led all Avalanche defencemen and he was first on the team with 121 hits. He is plus 22 in 94 career NHL games and he led the Avalanche with 22:05 of average ice time while playing in five playoff games in 2008.
With the native of Houghton, Michigan in the lineup, Colorado had a record of 52-32-10 since making his NHL debut on February 17, 2007.
The 6-1, 205-pound defenceman was originally Colorado’s eighth-round selection, 240th overall, in the 1999 Entry Draft.