Found October 01, 2013 on NESN.com:
TORONTO — The Maple Leafs and star forward Phil Kessel have agreed to terms on a $64 million, eight-year contract extension. The deal was signed just hours before the Maple Leafs’ opener in Montreal on Tuesday night. Kessel had one season left on his previous deal at $5.4 million. “I’ll be on the hook for some team dinners here or there, but I don’t mind,” Kessel said at a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday. ” This is the place I want to play. I want to finish my career here. It’s a great city, the organization’s unbelievable, and I’m really excited to continue here.” The two-time All-Star, who will turn 26 on Wednesday, was drafted by the Bruins with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft. His new deal includes a limited no-trade clause. He was dealt to Toronto four years ago for two first-round picks and a second-round selection. The Bruins used the picks to draft Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight. “The one knock that Phil had on him, that I think was tot
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