Perreault arrives ready and willing

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

It didn't take long for Yanic Perreault to realize he was back in a hockey city.

The newest Maple Leaf arrived in Toronto from Phoenix last night and immediately received warm greetings from well-wishers around town.

"A number of people told me "Welcome back," Perreault said last night.

"It's nice to be back."

Perreault's week will continue to be a busy one, to be sure.

The veteran centre was in Edmonton with his Phoenix Coyotes teammates Tuesday when he was informed that he had been dealt along with a fifth round draft pick in 2008 to the Maple Leafs for defenceman Brendan Bell and a second rounder in '08.

He immediately flew back to Phoenix Tuesday night, settled some affairs there, said goodbye to his family, then flew to Toronto yesterday. Once there, he was checked out by team doctors.

"Everything seemed to go well with (the checkup)," he said. "Now it's just a matter of getting on the ice."

Perreault will find out who his new linemates will be during the Leafs practice this morning before flying out to New Jersey with the team. The Leafs face the Devils in The Swamp tomorrow night, then wing their way back to Toronto immediately after the game.

In case you are keeping count, that will be four flights in four days for Perreault.

"I'm used to it," he said. "We had a pretty hectic travel schedule in Phoenix the past couple of months."

RECORD PACE

The Leafs will arrive in New Jersey facing the difficulty task of attempting to beat a goaltender who is chasing history. The Devils' Martin Brodeur this week posted his 12th shutout of the season and is just 11 shy of the late Terry Sawchuk's career record of 103.

"It's not like I think about the record during games," Brodeur said yesterday. "But it's hard not to keep it in your mind, especially since I keep getting asked about it by the press."


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