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Leafs ink Devereaux, assign him to Marlies

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday that the club has signed unrestricted free-agent forward Boyd Devereaux to a one-year contract and assigned him to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Devereaux, 28, played 78 games with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes during the 2005-06 season, collecting 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with 44 penalty minutes.

The native of Seaforth, Ont., has played 509 career NHL games with Edmonton, Detroit and Phoenix, collecting 131 points (46 goals, 85 assists) with 167 penalty minutes. He was a member of the 2002 Stanley Cup champion Detroit Wings, setting career highs in games played (79) and goals (nine) that season.

Originally Edmonton’s first-round choice (sixth overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Devereaux made his pro debut with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs during their run to the 1997 Calder Cup Finals. He has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 21 career AHL games, all with the Bulldogs.