Maple Leafs, Nolan settle

Owen Nolan, who has reached a deal after filing a grievance against the Toronto Maple Leafs, says...

Owen Nolan, who has reached a deal after filing a grievance against the Toronto Maple Leafs, says he is pain-free after surgery to correct a knee problem. (Toronto Sun File Photo)

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

With his long and winding grievance against the Toronto Maple Leafs now settled, Owen Nolan is set to resume his National Hockey League career, likely in Phoenix.

Various sources reported a deal was reached yesterday on a disputed $12.1 million US in salary from 2004-05 and '05-06, though neither Leafs general manager John Ferguson nor Nolan's agent J.P. Barry returned calls to the Toronto Sun. Sportsnet reported both sides are holding to a "confidentiality pact" about the settlement. Any money awarded Nolan would not impact the Leafs' salary cap.

A Coyotes source told the Sun the 34-year-old Nolan has spent the past two weeks undergoing intense on-ice workouts and physical exams. An announcement on a deal could come today.

"(Coach) Wayne Gretzky wants to make sure there are no questions about his health," the source said. "The workouts have gone well and if it continues that way, he'll be offered a contract."

Nolan says he is pain-free and at a trim 205 pounds after surgery last year to correct the knee problem.

"I am very excited about resuming my career with the Coyotes," he told Sportsnet "The doctors cleared me weeks ago, and physically I have never felt better."

Nolan added he was "happy and relieved" to have an agreement with the Leafs after more than two years of bickering about his injured right knee and three seperate grievances. Arbitrator James Didham began hearing the case in May and hearings continued through the summer.

Nolan was hurt in a game in April 2004 and though the Leafs claimed he was fit to resume training for the following season, he continued to suffer complications. That led to a claim that Leafs doctors misdiagnosed the original injury. The Leafs maintained he re-injured the knee in non-hockey circumstances.

In other NHL news:

- The New York Islanders signed defenceman Sean Hill to a $600,000, one-year deal.

- The Anaheim Ducks have signed free-agent defenceman Ian Moran to a one-year contract.


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