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Netminder Frederik Andersen practices for first time with Maple Leafs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:36:17 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - Goaltender Frederik Andersen practiced for the first time Wednesday with the Toronto Maple Leafs since he was acquired in the offseason from the Anaheim Ducks.

Toronto acquired Andersen in a trade with the Ducks on June 20 and signed him to a five-year contract reportedly worth $5 million per season.

"Still day to day, but it's been going pretty good," said Andersen, who sustained an upper-body injury Sept. 2 representing Denmark at an Olympic qualifier and was expected to need 3-4 weeks to recover.

"I feel pretty strong and working hard in the gym, too, to be back. Today was another step forward," he added.

The injury prevented him from playing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and stopped him from skating with the Maple Leafs when they opened camp Sept. 24 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After his first practice at training camp, the 26-year-old Andersen already made a good impression on some of his new teammates after taking part in the entire practice.

"Everybody that I've talked to about him have nothing but good things to say [about] how hard he works, how good he wants to be, how good he can be, and just what kind of person he is," defenseman Morgan Rielly said.

"That speaks volumes about a person, when his old teammates have all kinds of things to say about him," he added.

Andersen took part in the second of two practice sessions Wednesday, working out with rookie Antoine Bibeau and newcomer Jhonas Enroth . The Maple Leafs will be patient and not rush Andersen into preseason games.

Andersen played an NHL career-high 54 games with the Ducks in 2014-15.

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