Perrott enjoys Dallas

MIKE ZEISBERGER, TORONTO SUN

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

After countless visits to the Air Canada Centre the past few years, former Maple Leaf Nathan Perrott discovered a new part of the arena -- the visitors' dressing room.

"I was going around asking where it was," said a chuckling Perrott, making his first visit to Toronto since being traded by the Maple Leafs to the Dallas Stars last month."It was weird."

The Leafs shipped Perrott to the Stars on Nov. 6 for a conditional draft pick. As a Star, the gritty winger had a goal and an assist and was averaging just over six minutes per game in 12 outings entering the game against the Leafs last night.

"I'm not bitter at Toronto. Are you kidding?" Perrott, a native of Owen Sound, said. "Everyone in the Toronto organization was great to me -- from teammates to coaches, everyone. They gave me a chance a couple of years ago when I didn't expect to make the team and I'm still thankful to them."

"I saw a few of the (Leafs) this morning and it was great. I loved my time here. But I'm a Dallas Star now and I have a job to do."

Perrott, who received 2:41 of ice time last night, had three points and 118 penalty minutes in 43 career games as a Leaf.

By shipping Perrott to Dallas, Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson freed up much-needed cap space. Perrott was on a two-way deal that paid him $450,000 US at the NHL level and $150,000 if he were to play in the American Hockey League.

Had the Leafs attempted to send him to the Marlies, Perrott would have been eligible to be picked up on waivers by any of the other 29 NHL teams, leaving Toronto potentially empty-handed.

At least this way, Ferguson received a conditional 2006 draft pick. Should Perrott play in half of the Stars remaining games from the time the deal was made, Toronto gets a fifth-round selection; otherwise it's a sixth-rounder.

"With Tie (Domi) and Wade (Belak) here, they pretty much had the same role as me in Toronto," said Perrott, who scored in his first appearance as a Star. "But with Dallas, there's only Steve Ott. He's a good player, too."


Videos

Photos