Leafs go DVD route

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

Don't touch that television clicker, all you pending NHL free agents out there.

The Maple Leafs have some quality video -- at least in their minds -- for you to watch.

With unrestricted free agency officially kicking off this Saturday, the Leafs have mailed a DVD to agents that attempts to sell players and their representatives on the qualities of living and playing in Toronto.

"Good for them," agent Pat Morris of Newport Sports said yesterday. "They are the only (team) to do it."

Morris, by the way, just happens to represent Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger, who recently asked for a trade out of Edmonton. The Leafs are among the teams said to have submitted a proposal to Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe.

By stressing Toronto's multicultural fabric and showing the city as a great place to raise a family, the DVD addresses many off-ice issues players face.

"It's an informational tool," Leafs general manager JohnFerguson said. "I certainly appreciate that it seems to have been well received around the league."

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Two forwards were welcomed back to the Leafs organization yesterday.

John Pohl, the leading scorer for the Marlies in 2005-06, was signed to a two-year contract. The one-way deal will pay Pohl, 27, $450,000 US in 2006-07 and $475,000 in 07-08.

Also returning to the fold is Bates Battaglia, who signed a one-year contract. The two-way deal pays him $500,000 if he plays for the Leafs and $95,000 if he spends the season with the Marlies.


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