Maple Leafs pick up Westrum

The Toronto Maple Leafs, parent club of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced Thursday the signing of free-agent forward Erik Westrum to a two-year contract.

In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Westrum, a 26-year-old native of Minneapolis, Minn., is coming off a career year in 2005-06, in which he finished second in the AHL with 98 points on 34 goals and 64 assists in 71 games for the Houston Aeros.

Westrum, who added one assist in 10 NHL games for Minnesota last year, was voted into the starting lineup for the PlanetUSA squad at the 2006 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic, and was named a First Team AHL All-Star at season’s end.

In five career AHL seasons, Westrum has totaled 89 goals and 148 assists for 237 points in 350 games with Houston, Utah and Springfield.