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Published: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

Walleye sign former NHL goalie

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The Toledo Walleye signed former NHL goaltender Hannu Toivonen to a contract today.

Toivonen, a native of Finland, played in 61 games with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues from 2005-08.

Toivonen was with Toledo's American Hockey League affiliate Rockford in 2010-11. He posted a 21-16-4 record and had a 2.90 goals-against average.

Toivonen played in Finland last season and also appeared in 11 ECHL games with Orlando. He has not played this season.

Toivonen, 29, was drafted in the first round by Boston in the 2002 NHL draft. In 2005-06 with the Bruins, Toivonen posted a 9-5-4 record with a 2.63 goals-against average. The 6-foot-2 and 208-pound goaltender also has skated in 209 career AHL games.

Rookie goalie Mac Carruth, who started the season with Toledo, remains called up to Rockford. The team also released goalie Matt Cooper, a Perrysburg native, today.

The Walleye host South Carolina on Wednesday and Friday this week.



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