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Defenceman Francois Beauchemin, right, established himself in Anaheim. ((Chris Carlson/Associated Press))

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday announced the signing of free agent defenceman Francois Beauchemin to a three-year contract.

"Francois will be a welcome addition to our blueline," general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. "He's a rock solid, steady defender that will add character to our team."

Beauchemin has scored 21 goals and 69 assists in 246 career games in the NHL with Anaheim, Columbus and Montreal.

Burke is quite familiar with the 29-year-old Beauchemin, having acquired him in a late 2005 trade while he was the general manager of the Ducks.

Beauchemin would go on to score four goals and four assists in 20 games, while adding toughness on the blueline, during Anaheim's run to the Stanley Cup in 2007.

The Sorel, Que., native was limited to 20 games during the 2008-09 regular season due to a knee injury, but returned for the playoffs.

It is Toronto's third addition to the blueline in less than a week, following up on the signing of Mike Komisarek and a trade to Atlanta involving Garnet Exelby.

The Maple Leafs did not release financial details, but reports indicate the deal is worth in the neighbourhood of $10-11 million.

Toronto on Monday also signed their top selection in last month's entry draft, Nazem Kadri. The London Knights forward was selected seventh overall in the draft.