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Maple Leafs sign Steen, Kronwall

The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Alexander Steen and defenseman Staffan Kronwall to multi-year entry-level contracts. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Steen, 21, played 50 games for Modo of the Swedish Elite League last season collecting 17 points (9g, 8a) with 26 penalty minutes.

Steen, whose dad Thomas played 14 NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, represented Sweden at the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships and was Toronto’s first-round choice (24th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Kronwall, 22, played 35 games for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League collecting five points (1g, 4a) with 43 penalty minutes in 2004-05. He played for Sweden at the 2002 World Junior Championships.

Kronwall, whose brother Niklas won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL’s outstanding defenseman in 2004-05, was a ninth-round draft pick by Toronto in 2002.