Maple Leafs Notes: Leafs Eyeing Frogren, Nieuwendyk Joining Office

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IJuly 2, 2008

Leafs Eyeing Swedish Defender Frogren

Earlier today, I reported that Maple Leafs, General Manager, Cliff Fletcher, had interest in bringing a defenseman to the team from overseas. 

Now, less than twelve hours later, it appears that player is Jonas Frogren, who played last season for Farjestads BK.

Affectionately nicknamed "The Fro", Frogren is 6'1", 195 lbs.

Frogren will turn 28 on August 28th, is not an offensive threat, but plays a simple, effective game.  His strengths are being physical, being responsible in his own end, and being able to make an effective first pass out of the zone.

Adding to the intrigue, Frogren was originally drafted by the Flames in 1998 when Al Coates, the Maple Leafs current director of player personnel, was the GM in Calgary.

Nieuwendyk Offically Set Join Front Office

Yes, one of the worst kept secrets will be made public knowledge early next week as the Toronto Maple Leafs are set to introduce former player, Joe Nieuwendyk, as the newest member of the front office staff.

A three time Stanley Cup winner, Nieuwendyk spent his NHL career in Calgary, Dallas, New Jersey, Florida, and Toronto. 

At this time it is unclear what title Nieuwendyk will carry with the organization.