Leafs’ Gunnarsson signs to European club

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Carl Gunnarsson has signed overseas with Orebro of Sweden’s second division.

The move marks a return to his hometown for the 25-year-old, who acknowledged the transaction on Twitter Monday:

“Thanks for the good wishes. Is tagged to Lira and feels great to be home in the tube again #Örebro Hockey,” reads Gunnarsson’s translated tweet.

Gunnarsson played four seasons with the Swedish Elite League’s Linkopings HC prior to joining the Leafs in 2009-10, and he competed for Sweden in the 2010 and 2011 world championships.

He scored four goals and added 15 assists in 76 games played for Toronto last season.