Wednesday, April 1, 2009

TORONTO (AP) - The Maple Leafs have been fined $500,000 by the NHL and stripped of a fourth-round draft pick because of how they handled the signing of Swedish defenseman Jonas Frogren.

Frogren, who has been on the injured list since early March, had been under contract to a Swedish elite league club before joining Toronto. The transaction apparently went around the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.

“The Toronto Maple Leafs acknowledge and apologize for the error of judgment,” general manager Brian Burke said in a statement Wednesday night. “The club accepts the punishment handed down by the league and will not be commenting further.”

Cliff Fletcher was in charge when Frogren’s services were acquired last summer.

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