Leafs close to signing Salmelainen

According to Finnish website Ilta-sonomat, the Toronto Maple Leafs are close to signing free agent forward Tony Salmelainen.

Salmelainen is currently waiting for the deal to be finalized. In translation, the former Chicago Blackhawk states that Toronto is where he wants to play as he has friends there. Salmelainen admits that he’d be excited if a deal gets done.

The 26-year-old Finland native appeared in 57 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, collecting 6 goals and 11 assists with 26 penalty minutes.

Salmelainen was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round of the 1999 NHL entry draft.