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Flames pick up centre Colborne from Leafs

The Flames picked up Calgary native Joe Colborne from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Flames picked up Calgary native Joe Colborne from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 AM ET

Joe Colborne is headed home.

The Flames acquired the Calgary-raised centre from the Toronto Maple Leafs late Saturday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The 23-year-old has just 16 NHL outings on his resume but was highly recommended by former Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who just joined the Flames as president of hockey operations.

“With the opportunity to speak with Brian Burke and learn about Joe's hockey sense and character from someone who had him as a player and knows him so well, it became clear to us that this is the type of young, big centre we need,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a statement. “He fits in very well with our rebuild and provides size up the middle which we believe is critical going forward.

“The fact that he is from Calgary is an added bonus. We look forward to welcoming him to the Flames family.”

At 6-foot-5 and 213 lb., Colborne immediately becomes the Flames' biggest centre.

He had 14 goals and 42 points in 65 skates for the AHL's Toronto Marlies last season and was held off the scoresheet in five appearances with the Leafs.

Colborne has one goal and five assists in 16 NHL games.

He'll earn US$600,000 this season.

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