Thursday, August 04, 2005

Domi back with Leafs at $2.5 for 2 years...what are they thinking

Toronto fans can breathe a sigh of relief as it appears the Leafs do know the free agent market is open. -- Tie Domi will stay in Toronto after all, Sportsnet has learned, signing a two-year, $2.5-million deal with the Maple Leafs.
Domi had expressed his discontent with the negotiating process and it appeared the veteran enforcer was ready to test the free agent waters. A close friend of Mario Lemieux, Domi was at times linked with the Pittsburgh Penguins who are in the market for some muscle to play with No. 66 and the first overall pick, Sidney Crosby.Domi was drafted 27th overall by the Leafs at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, but only spent a year with the club before being sent to the New York Rangers in 1990. Shortly into his third season with the Rangers, Domi was dealt to the Winnipeg Jets in 1993 for Ed Olczyk, and there Domi improved on his offensive numbers, posting a 19-point season in 1993-94. In 1995, Domi returned to the Maple Leafs in a deal for Mike Eastwood. He notched 11 goals -- including a pair on the power play -- and 17 assists in 1996-97. In the 2001-02 season, Domi recorded nine goals and 10 assists in 74 games. Since his return to Toronto, the winger has become a fan favourite with his physical play.

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