Leafs sign Cashman

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

The Maple Leafs yesterday announced the signing of defenceman Reid Cashman of the Quinnipiac University Bobcats of the ECACHL.

Cashman, a top-10 finalist for the 2005 Hobey Baker award as the best player in U.S. college hockey, agreed to a one-year, entry-level deal and will report to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies by the weekend.

Cashman, 24, had three goals and 38 assists in 40 games for the Bobcats this season.

"He's a kid who can move the puck and is good at setting people up," general manager John Ferguson said. "He's a quarterback on the power play."

The Leafs had some jovial visitors in the dressing room after their 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night.

Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo and players T.J. Ford and Darrick Martin shook hands with many of the Leafs after the game.

GOODBYE GARTS

Maple Leafs player rep Matt Stajan had no harsh words for outgoing players union executive Mike Gartner yesterday.

Gartner announced his resignation from the NHLPA during a conference call involving all 30 player reps on Monday night.

"Mike did some good things during his time in the union and that hasn't been forgotten," Stajan said.

Stajan said the player reps likely will have another call in about two weeks.

"The one thing you really sense is solidarity," Stajan said. "We all seem to be on the same page and that is something that is very important.

"We are going in the right direction, there is no doubt about that."

THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE

Leafs forward John Pohl continues to be plagued by a bruised collarbone and an ailing back. Those ailments have left him out of the Toronto lineup in three of the past four games. Defenceman Andy Wozniewski, meanwhile, was out of the lineup with the flu.


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