Former Maple Leaf Forward To Sign In Sweden

After playing only 13 games in the National Hockey League last season, and being without an NHL job as this campaign opened, former Toronto Maple Leafs and New Jersey Devils forward Andreas Johnsson has decided to head home to continue his career in Sweden.

According to Swedish outlet Sportbladet, Johnsson is set to sign a three-year deal with Skellefteå AIK of the SHL. 

Before coming to Toronto and the NHL and AHL, Johnsson played several seasons with Frölunda in Sweden, but upon his return, he's heading to Skelleftea in the SHL as he'll be able to line up there with his younger brother Jonathan. 

Johnsson recorded 116 points in 259 NHL games, his highlight coming with the Leafs in 2018-19 when he notched a 20-goal season, and 43 points in 73 games. That prompted Toronto to sign him to a 4-year contract worth $13.6M. He only played out one of those seasons with the Leafs before being sent to the New Jersey Devils to finish out the deal. 

Last season, he played just 11 games for the San Jose Sharks. 

The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins in July at just above the minimum, but was waived before the season began. 

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