TORONTO -- Just 90 minutes into the official start of NHL free agency, Brian Burke landed another new forward who is NHL-ready.
A source confirms the Maple Leafs general manager nabbed feisty forward Colby Armstrong in a deal believed to be worth $3 million a season over three years.
Most recently, the Saskatchewan native played for the Atlanta Thrashers but originally he was a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001.
Combined with the trade that brought Kris Versteeg to town from Chicago on Wednesday night, Burke has now added a second forward who will immediately be able to step into the linup.
In 79 games with the Thrashers last season, Armstrong had 15 goals, 14 assists and 61 penalty minutes. The previous season he topped 20 goals for the only time in his NHL career, netting 22 in Atlanta.
"Iím looking forward to coming to a young team," Armstrong told TSN. "Obviously you canít beat Toronto. Iím pumped. This was my first time with free agency. It happened pretty quick."