Wayne Primeau Tries Out with the Toronto Maple Leafs

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Wayne Primeau Tries Out with the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Wayne Primeau found himself in an unfamiliar position as training camp neared this year. He was not under contract with an NHL team for the first time in 15 seasons.

Days before camps were set to open, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke  invited him to join the Leafs on a professional tryout contract.

Primeau played for the Leafs last season, appearing in 59 games. In those games he scored three goals and added five assists while averaging 11:03 of ice time per game.  Primeau was in the final year of his contract. Last season he was paid $1.4 million by the Leafs. He became an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Leafs have a deep group to chose from for third and fourth line players and Primeau may have a difficult time breaking into the Toronto line up. Primeau sees the opportunity as more than just a tryout for the Toronto club. Primeau said, “if there’s other teams that aren’t happy with their young guys or there’s injuries in training camp on other teams, or maybe this team, who knows? It might give me that opportunity to find a spot.”

Primeau has played in 774 NHL games. He is the type of player young NHL teams bring in to play on the third or fourth line to provide veteran leadership in the dressing room. He offered the following, “I enjoy being around the young guys, I like the kids here. I feel that I have some experience I can lend to the guys.”

Primeau has a short time to get the attention of the Leafs or one of the other 29 NHL teams as the season officially opens on October 7.

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