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When reports go wrong: Keith Aucoin signs with Toronto, not Washington

Jul 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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Early this morning, it was reported Capitals forward Keith Aucoin was set to re-up with the team on a one-year deal. Funny thing happened though, it turned out to be not true. Instead, RDS’ Renaud Lavoie got the right tip and finds out he’s landed, instead, with the Toronto Maple Leafs on the same one-year, two-way contract. He’ll make $650,000 if he stays in the NHL.

Aucoin has been a big-time scorer on the AHL level for most of his career, but sticking in the NHL has proven difficult. He did seem to find his way last season in Washington, however, earning the trust of coach Dale Hunter and landing a semi-permanent spot on the Caps’ fourth line.

In 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, Aucoin had 11 goals and 59 assists but with the Capitals he played in 27 games earning three goals and eight assists. At best, this is a depth signing for the Leafs and gives them a top center for the Marlies. Aucoin is quick and can fill in in a pinch, but at 33 years-old he’s not exactly breaking new ground.

More: Chuck Gormley from talks about Aucoin’s signing in Toronto.

  1. nspatriot - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    playoffs here they come

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Make sure Yonge St. is cleared and ready for the parade next June, eh.

  2. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Another Burke signing that is more relevant to the Marlies than the Leafs.

    Worst thing to happen to the Leafs since trading Russ for John

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    As Greg Millen would say “holy mackinaw!”

    • zach28 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      joe bowen but nbd

  4. t16rich - Jul 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Good news Toronto fans…. At least the Marlies will keep winning.

  5. capitalspearljam - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    here in hershey we were hoping the caps would have kept aucoin around. great guy, plays hard. and he knows how to get the goal scorers the puck. im glad he was apart of a couple calder cups…… we’ll miss you coiner!

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