Hockey Night in Canada

Maple Leafs sign Paul Ranger to 1-year contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year deal worth $1 million US, according to reports.

28-year-old spent last season with AHL's Toronto Marlies

Former Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger, shown here in 2008, played with the AHL's Toronto Marlies last season. (David Duprey/Associated Press)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year deal.

Leafs general manager Dave Nonis announced the signing on the team's official website. No financial details were revealed, but reports say it is worth $1 million US.

Ranger, 28, spent last season with the AHL's Toronto Marlies after taking a three-year hiatus from hockey due to personal reasons.

In 51 games with the Leafs' farm club, the Whitby, Ont., native scored eight goals, 17 assists and was a plus-16 with 54 penalty minutes.

Originally selected in the sixth round (183rd overall) by the Lightning in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the blue-liner has 18 goals and 74 assists in 270 career games with Tampa Bay.

His best offensive season came in 2007-08 when he totalled 10 goals and 21 assists for the Lightning in 72 games.