Maple Leafs Sign Khavanov

TORONTO, Ontario – The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they have signed unrestricted free-agent defenseman Alexander Khavanov, who began his professional career in the ECHL with Birmingham and Raleigh, to a one-year contract.

Pensacola is the ECHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

In his first professional season in 1992-93, Khavanov scored three points (0g-03a) in 19 regular season games with Birmingham and six points (0g-6a) in 17 games with Raleigh.

Selected in the eighth round (232nd overall) by St. Louis in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 33-year-old Khavanov scored 10 points (3g-7a) in 48 games with the Blues in 2003-04, missing 29 games due to injury.

In 2002-03, the 6-1 and 192-pound Khavanov played in 81 games for St. Louis and set career highs with eight goals, 25 assists and 33 points. He tied for fourth in the NHL with three shorthand assists and finished second among Blues defensemen in scoring. Named to the Russian 2004 World Cup Team, Khavanov has scored 90 points (21g-69a) in 284 regular season NHL games and 10 points (5g-5a) in 26 postseason games, all with St. Louis.