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Report: Maple Leafs grant tryout to Jason Allison

TSN.ca Staff

8/28/2009 9:51:03 AM

The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have granted a tryout to one-time Leaf Jason Allison.

The report says that the 34-year old, who has not played in the NHL since the 2005-06 season, will attend the Leafs' camp next month without a contract. The Globe says that Allison approached the team about the idea of a comeback over the summer and Toronto agreed to have a look at him.

In 66 games with the Maple Leafs in '05-06, Allison scored 17 goals and 43 assists. His best season was with the Boston Bruins in 2000-01, when he scored 36 goals and 95 points.

His season with Toronto was the only one he has played since 2002-03. He missed significant time due to injuries, the lockout, and issues stemming from a divorce.

Allison first expressed his desire to return to the NHL two years ago in an interview with the Canadian Press.

"I'm physically and mentally as healthy as I've been in five years," Allison said. "I'm excited and ready to go."

Allison was originally a first-round pick of the Washington Capitals (17th overall) in the 1993 draft. He has compiled 154 goals and 485 points in 552 career games.