Addition of Primeau Beefs Leafs in Toronto

by abournenesn

Jul 28, 2009

The Maple Leafs have added 33-year-old grinder Wayne Primeau to the mix, hoping the 6-foot-4, 225-pound journeyman will added some needed size and experience to Toronto's offense.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke sent defensive prospect Anton Stralman (who will be 23 in August), forward Colin Stuart and a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 to the Flames in exchange for Primeau and Calgary's second-round pick in 2011.

Burke, in an email to Paul Hunter of, wrote that he liked Primeau's "size and compete level. … He can really help us if he can stay healthy.''

Primeau, who played in 101 games for the Bruins from 2005-07, missed 58 games last season thanks to an injury suffered in practice, when Flames teammate Dion Phaneuf broke his ankle with a slapshot. The 14-year veteran claims the leg is fully healed.

"They had to go in and remove some pieces and shave it down. It was a tough season," he noted. "To miss the last 60 games and the playoffs was really tough."

In 715 career games, Primeau has 66 goals and 120 assists to go with 754 penalty minutes.    

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