toronto_mapleleafs_logoThe Toronto Maple Leafs today hired former Boston Bruins forward Dave Poulin as their new vice president of hockey operations under general manager Brian Burke.

“Dave and I have known each other for a very long time,” said Burke in  a statement. “I was fortunate enough to represent Dave during his playing career and he was also a valuable resource to me in a scouting capacity in 2006-07 and at the start of 2008-09. He’s a hard-working person that takes pride in everything that he does.”

Poulin appeared in more than 700 NHL games as a player, including 165 over four seasons with Boston 1989 to 1993.

Elsewhere around the division:

•Goaltender Martin Gerber has departed Ottawa for the riches of the KHL.

•Former Montreal star Alex Kovalev visited Ottawa, his new home, for the first time earlier this week.

The Leafs signed Darryl Boyce and Alex Foster to maintain depth at the AHL level.