The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, have signed unrestricted free agent forwards Joey Crabb and Mike Zigomanis, and defenseman Danny Richmond, president and general manager Brian Burke announced on Thursday.
“These players add significant depth to our organization,” said Dave Poulin, vice president of hockey operations. “They all have experience at the NHL level and will provide strong leadership for our young prospects.”
Zigomanis, 29, recorded 13 assists and a plus-five rating in seven games with the Toronto Marlies in 2009-10. The Toronto native registered a six-game point streak from October 20 to November 6. The 6-0, 200-pound forward also skated in 27 games last season with Djurgardens (SEL), recording four goals and seven assists.
Zigomanis has appeared in 189 career NHL games with Carolina, St. Louis, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, collecting 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) and 85 penalty minutes, and he shows 270 points (103-167-203) in 327 career AHL games for Toronto, San Antonio, Peoria, and the Lowell Lock Monsters.
Crabb, 27, recorded career highs in goals (24), assists (29), and points (53) in 79 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2009-10. The Anchorage, Alaska native also posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 14 playoff games last season for Chicago. The 6-1, 190-pound forward has appeared in 29 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers, posting four goals and five assists.
Richmond, 25, skated in 69 AHL games last season with the Peoria Rivermen and Rockford IceHogs, notching one goal and 21 assists to go along with 166 penalty minutes.
The 6-0, 194-pound defenseman has appeared in 49 career NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Blackhawks, and he has totaled 132 points (29-103-132) in 365 career AHL contests for Rockford, Peoria, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Norfolk, and the Lowell Lock Monsters. Richmond and Zigomanis were teammates in Lowell during the 2004-05 campaign.
Richmond was a member of the gold medal winning Team USA at the 2004 World Jr. Championships in Helsinki, Finland.