Maple Leafs sign Kessel for 8 years, $64 million
Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel is congratulated on his goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
The Maple Leafs and forward Phil Kessel agreed to terms on a $64-million, eight-year contract extension.
The deal was signed just hours before the Maple Leafs’ opener in Montreal last night. Kessel, who was dealt by the Boston Bruins to Toronto four years ago for two first-round picks and a second-round selection, had one season left on his previous deal at $5.4 million.
Kessel had 20 goals and 32 assists in 48 games last season. He has 379 points in 504 regular-season games over seven seasons with Toronto and Boston.
The two-time all-star, who turns 26 today, was drafted by the Bruins with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft. The Bruins used the picks they got for Kessel to draft Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight.