Perreault reunited with Leafs

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:26 PM ET

Everything old is new again for the Maple Leafs.

Unwilling to cough up Florida's steep asking price for ex-Bud Gary Roberts, general manager John Ferguson this afternoon acquired another former Leaf, faceoff specialist Yanic Perreault.

"I played with some of the guys there before," Perreault said earlier today. "It'll be fun to play with Mats Sundin again.

"The fans in Toronto were always good to me. I always enjoyed playing at the Air Canada Centre."

The Leafs had been interested in Roberts, but balked at Florida's request for young forward Alex Steen. They then turned around and dealt for Perreault and a fifth-round pick from the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Brendan Bell and a second rounder.

Perreault spent two previous stints with the Leafs (1993-94 and 98-01), compiling 52 goals and 66 assists in that span.

Perreault is a faceoff specialist, having led the league in that category for five consecutive years. It's an area that was lacking during the Leafs 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Monday, with two Habs' goals coming directly off lost faceoffs by the Leafs.

Perreault started the 2006-07 season at home as an unsigned free agent. The Coyotes finally took a chance on him once the season was underway and were pleasantly surprised with his 19 goals and 14 assists through his 47 games played.

Rather than lose him to free agency in the summer, however, the Coyotes opted to deal him to the Leafs and get something in return.

Perreault plans on joining the Leafs later this week and likely will play against the New Jersey Devils Friday in East Rutherford, N.J.


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