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The depth of the Maple Leafs goaltenders was strengthened on Tuesday night.
The Leafs have signed goalie Aaron Dell to a one-year US $ 800,000 contract, a move that will give the club some leeway should Frederik Andersen or Jack Campbell get injured.
In 107 career National Hockey League games, all with the San Jose Sharks, Dell is 48-34-12 with a .908 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average. Last season, Dell, from Airdrie, Alta., Was 12-15-3 in 33 games with a .907 save percentage.
Leafs assistant coach Dave Hakstol was Dell’s coach at the University of North Dakota from 2009 to 2012.
There has also been speculation that the Leafs are interested in another recent Shark, unrestricted free agent center Joe Thornton. After Auston Matthews and John Tavares in center, the Leafs need a bigger presence in the middle, as Alex Kerfoot struggled last season. A message left with Thornton’s agent, his brother John Thornton, on Tuesday was not returned.
Also on Tuesday, the Leafs learned that the arbitration case involving winger Ilya Mikheyev would be heard on October 21.