Maple Leafs bring back Ling

The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, have signed forward David Ling to a one-year contract.

“David is an established veteran forward, who has played for the organization in the past, and we welcome his return as we continue to add depth and experience to our group,” said Maple Leafs vice president and general manager John Ferguson.

This will be Ling’s second tour of duty with the Maple Leafs organization. During the 2004-05 season he led St. John’s (AHL) and finished third in the entire AHL in scoring with 88 points, recording 28 goals and 60 assists in 80 games played. Only Jason Spezza and Mike Cammalleri finished ahead of him in the AHL scoring race.

In 406 career AHL games, Ling has registered 132 goals, 256 assists and 388 points, along with 1,121 penalty minutes. Ling has also played in 93 career NHL games with Montreal and Columbus, where he recorded four goals, four assists and eight points, and added 191 penalty minutes.

The Halifax, N.S., native played the last two seasons in Russia.