(August 11, 2005) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Eric Lindros to a one year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lindros, 32, played 39 games for the New York Rangers in 2003-04 collecting 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) with 60 penalty minutes. He finished third on the team in plus/minus (+7), fourth in goals (tie), fourth in assists, fourth in points and fourth in powerplay goals (3).
Lindros won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1994-95 and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by the players the same year. His list of accomplishments includes being named to the NHL First All-Star Team (1995), the NHL Second All-Star Team (1996) and the NHL All-Rookie Team (1993). The native of London, Ontario also has the distinction of being the fifth fastest player to reach 500 career NHL points behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny and Mike Bossy.
Lindros has played in six NHL All-Star Games (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000) and has represented Canada at the Olympics on three occasions. He won a Gold medal at the 2002 Olympics, a Silver medal at the 1992 Olympics and was captain of Canada's entry at the 1998 Olympics.
Lindros has played 678 career NHL games for Philadelphia and the New York Rangers collecting 817 points (356 goals, 461 assists) with 1285 penalty minutes. In 50 career NHL playoff games he has 57 points (24 goals, 33 assists) with 118 penalty minutes. He was originally Quebec's first choice, first overall in the 1991 Entry Draft.