Joe Nieuwendyk is a Toronto Maple Leaf

Joe Nieuwendyk is a Toronto Maple Leaf, TSN has learned. The unrestricted free agent centre agreed to terms today on the deal with the Maple Leafs. New Jersey Devils and Nieuwendyk’s agent had been talking recently, but were not able to get a deal done, contrary to reports on Monday that he had agreed to terms with the defending Stanley Cup champinos.

Nieuwendyk is expected to earn significantly less than the $5-million he made last season. It’s believed he’s looking for a one year deal worth $3.5-million.

Nieuwendyk, still considered one of the best face-off men in the league, remains a reliable offensive player. He scored 14 goals and dished out 28 assists in 80 games with the New Jersey Devils last year. In 1,113 career games with the Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils, he has tallied 511 goals and 501 assists.

Nieuwendyk has won Stanley Cups with all three teams he has played for (Calgary – 1989, Dallas – 1999, New Jersey – 2003). In 149 career playoff games he has scored 60 goals and assisted on 50 others. He was also a member of the Canadian squad that won gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Nieuwendyk has been a star in the NHL since scoring 51 goals as a Calgary rookie in 1987-88.