Found September 30, 2013 on The Hockey Guys:
Getty Images By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Brian Burke’s costly contracts continue to haunt the Maple Leafs. It’s a long list: Mikhail Grabovski, Mike Komisarek, and now John-Michael Liles. Lengthy contracts handed out by former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke that did not work out. Liles is the latest one – still with 3 years and a cap hit of $3.875 M. The team has placed the likeable Liles on waivers. If he isn’t claimed (or traded) the 32 year-old defenceman will join the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies and save the Leafs $925,000 on the cap. “It’s not something you control as a player whether it’s me or the young guys,” said Liles, hours before he was placed on waivers. “That’s the nature of the game we’re in. The business side is the business side and my job is to take care of playing.” This must be a tough pill to swallow for Liles, who signed a 4-year contract extension with Burke (while Ron Wilson coached the team) in January of 2012. He took les

Leafs place D Liles on waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on waivers as their opening-night roster begins to come into focus. Liles's departure seemed certain after Cody Franson signed with Toronto. If he's not claimed by another NHL team, Liles could be assigned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies. The 32-year-old has a $3.875 million salary-cap hit. If he's sent...

Phil Kessel, aka the ugliest Jedi, gets an eight-year deal from Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs know a great Jedi when they see one and they weren’t about to allow their most talented lightsaber dueler walk away. I mean, could you let a man with such obvious talent leave your organization? I didn’t think so. The deal is reportedly for eight years and will pay him a total of $64 million. If that’s the case then it would mean that his yearly salary...

Phil Kessel Signs Eight-Year, $64 Million Contract Extension With Maple Leafs

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...

Kessel, Leafs discussing contract extension

Phil Kessel’s wish may still come true. has learned that negotiations on a contract extension between the star winger’s agent and the Toronto Maple Leafs were taking place ahead of Tuesday’s regular season opener in Montreal. With the player unwilling to engage in talks once the schedule is underway the sides held discussions to see if a last-minute deal could...

Bozak, Raymond lift Leafs over Canadiens in opener

Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Mason Raymond netted the winner in his first game with the Maple Leafs as Toronto spoiled the Montreal Canadiens' home opener with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also scored in a fight-filled game in which Montreal's new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher following a bout....

Phil Kessel Re-Signs With Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs made headlines today, signing star right winger Phil Kessel to a $64 million – 8 year contract extension. The deal ensures the Leafs right side is set over the next several seasons, as Phil joins recent…Read more →The post Phil Kessel Re-Signs With Toronto Maple Leafs appeared first on The Hockey Daily.

It's official: Kessel re-signs with Leafs.

Well, my scheduled post was little out of date. So, the Leafs have re-signed their prized forward to a fat 8-year deal worth $ 8 million a year. Also, a no trade clause in his contract. MHL.COM -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to announce Tuesday a new contract for star scorer Phil Kessel, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The reported eight-year contract, which...

Kessel Signing Official

#TMLtalk photo: Kessel actually signing the contract #KesselSigned — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 1, 2013   It's official: #Leafs sign Phil Kessel to an eight-year, $64 million contract, with a no-movement and limited NTC. — Spector's Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) October 1, 2013

Reports: Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs Could Come to Terms on Lengthy Contract Extension Before Tuesday’s Season Opener

If rumors out of Toronto are accurate, Phil Kessel is in line for a big-time payday. Multiple members of the hockey media, including TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, reported Monday night that Kessel and the Maple Leafs are working on a contract extension that will keep the veteran winger in Toronto for the foreseeable future. The deal, which has not yet been...

Phil Kessel Gets Paid by   Bradshaw Furlong

The Toronto Maple Leafs have locked up their best player for a very long time as the organization announced today that they and star forward Phil Kessel have reached an agreement on an 8-year, $64 million contract extension. A bit of background on Kessel: he was born in Madison, Wisconsin and will be turning 26 on October 2nd (so, tomorrow). [...]

Red Wings-Maple Leafs pre-season wrap-up, overnight report and Freep Wings preview time: on tap…

The Red Wings' 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night yielded both a "series split" in the teams' home-and-home exhibition-ending tilts (on Friday, Detroit defeated Toronto 5-2 in a battle of NHL lineups) and what I can best describe as mixed signals from the Grand Rapids Griffins-heavy lineup battling an almost equally green Leafs team. As I noted...
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