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Maple Leafs Trade Ken Klee to Devils

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Leafs get young prospect, Aleksander Suglobov.

(March 8, 2006) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenceman Ken Klee to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday according to John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In exchange, the Maple Leafs received forward Aleksander Suglobov (pronounced suh-GLOH-bahf) from the Devils.

Suglobov, 24, was New Jersey's third choice, 56th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He currently leads all Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League in goals (25), assists (23), points (48) and plus/minus (+4) in 51 games in 2005-06. He played on the Planet/USA team in the 2006 AHL All-Star Game in Winnipeg on February 1. He scored on December 17 at Carolina in his lone game with the Devils in 2005-06. Last season with Albany, he notched 25 goals and 21 assists in 72 games.  He missed the majority of the 2003-04 season recovering from a wrist injury suffered in a game against the Oilers on January 5, 2004.

In 56 games this season with the Maple Leafs, Klee, 34, recorded three goals and 12 assists while picking up 66 penalty minutes. His average ice-time of 20:02 ranked third on the Maple Leafs this season. In 122 career regular season games with Toronto he collected seven goals and 37 assists for 44 points since his arrival to the Leafs as an unrestricted free agent on September 27, 2003.

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