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Forward McClement signs $3-million, two-year deal with Leafs

Vancouver Canucks' Mats Sundin keeps the puck away from St. Louis Blues' Jay McClement during the first period of an NHL game, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in St. Louis.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping Jay McClement can help improve their sagging penalty kill.

The checking-line forward signed a US$3-million, two-year deal after free agency opened on Sunday.

McClement is a seven-year NHL veteran who spent last season with the Colorado Avalanche, where he led the team in short-handed time on ice.

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Toronto has been ranked no higher than 24th in the NHL in penalty killing since the 2004-05 lockout.

In 553 career games with St. Louis and Colorado, the 29-year-old McClement has 63 goals and 177 points.

Also Sunday, the Leafs signed forward Matt Frattin to a two-year contract.

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