(June 30, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has bought out the contract of forward Tie Domi and have elected not to exercise the option year on the contract of goaltender Ed Belfour.
"We want to thank Tie for his many years of service to the organization," said Ferguson. "He became a fan favourite for a reason and we wish him well in the years ahead."
"Eddie added a lot to the Toronto Maple Leafs and we appreciate all that he did for us," added Ferguson. "At this stage we are taking a different direction, and we feel privileged to have had one of the game's great goalies play for the Maple Leafs."
Domi, a 36-year-old native of Windsor, Ontario, played in 77 games for the Maple Leafs this season collecting 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) with 109 penalty minutes. Domi was second (tie) on the team in penalty minutes, and he registered his 15th consecutive season with 100-plus penalty minutes.
During the 12 seasons he played for the Maple Leafs, Domi skated in 777 games, registering 196 points (84 goals, 112 assists) with 2,265 penalty minutes. Domi is Toronto's all-time leader in penalty minutes and stands 10th in regular season games played. He led the club in penalty minutes for eight seasons, and his 365 penalty minutes recorded in the 1997-98 season still stands as a franchise record.
In the playoffs with the Leafs, Domi participated in 86 career contests contributing 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) and 86 penalty minutes. Among Maple Leaf right-wingers, Domi ranks first in all-time playoff penalty minutes and second in games played behind George Armstrong. Domi led the Maple Leafs in penalty minutes the last five seasons Toronto reached the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Domi has played in 1,020 career National Hockey League games with Toronto, the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets, collecting 245 points (104 goals, 141 assists) with 3,515 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 213-pound right-winger ranks third in NHL history in penalty minutes and is the current leader among active players in that category. Domi reached two NHL milestones this season as he recorded his 100th career goal versus Montreal on October 8, and played in his 1000th career NHL game at Buffalo on March 3.
Belfour played 49 games for the Maple Leafs this season compiling a 22-22-4 record, a 3.29 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. Belfour surpassed Terry Sawchuk for second place in all-time NHL wins with a victory on December 19 versus the New York Islanders. During Belfour's three seasons in Toronto, he played 170 games registering a record of 93-61-15 and a 2.51 goals against average. Belfour holds the franchise mark for wins in a season with 37, which was set back in the 2002-03 season. Belfour also tied the Maple Leafs record for shutouts (3-tie) in one playoff series versus Ottawa during the 2004 playoffs.