Hockey

Leafs acquire Renberg

Unable to pry Eric Lindros from the Philadelphia Flyers, the Toronto Maple Leafs settled for ex-Lindros linemate Mikael Renberg from the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Maple Leafs confirmed on Friday that they had traded swift-skating Sergei Berezin to the Coyotes for the rights to the rugged Renberg, who immediately agreed to a multi-year contract.

TSN reported that Renberg signed a three-year deal worth $5.4 million US.

It was the second transaction in 10 days between the two NHL clubs.

Toronto received Robert Reichel, Travis Green and Craig Mills from Phoenix for Danny Markov on June 12.

"We're pleased we could make the deal," said Bill Watters, Leafs assistant to the president.

"When you get a world-class player like Renberg who already has been selected to Sweden's Olympic team and has proven he can play in the NHL to the level of two-way play you need, you have to be pleased."

Renberg, 29, had 21 goals and 53 points plus 36 penalty minutes in 47 games for HF Lulea of the Swedish Elite League last season.

He excelled in the SHL playoffs with six goals and 11 points in 11 games en route to earning team MVP honours.

Renberg showed plenty more grit in the playoffs too, posting 35 minutes.

He also had four goals and three assists in nine games for Sweden at the world hockey championships in Germany.

At six-foot-two, 218-pounds, Renberg brings considerable bulk to the Leafs' right side of Steve Thomas, Jonas Hoglund and Tie Domi.

Expect him to complement fellow Swede Mats Sundin and Gary Roberts on Toronto's top offensive unit.

Drafted 40th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1990, Renberg gained NHL notoreity playing alongside Lindros and John LeClair on the vaunted "Legion of Doom" line.

All toll, he amassed 150 goals and 202 assists in 464 NHL games with Philadelphia, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Phoenix.

Berezin, 29, had 22 goals and 50 points in 79 for the Leafs last season.

A purely offensive player, the Russian sniper has 126 goals and 220 points in 357 career NHL games, all with the Leafs.

Berezin was a draft diamond unearthed in the eighth round -- No. 256 overall -- by Toronto in 1994.

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