Found September 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
Phil Kessel’s wish may still come true. Sportsnet.ca 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 be reached before that happened. As of Monday night it was unclear whether they would be able to agree on a long-term extension in time. Kessel who turns 26 on Wednesday is entering the final season of a contract that pays him $5.4-million annually. Unrestricted free agency looms in July if a new deal doesn’t materialize before then. It will take a major financial commitment from the organization to get it done – perhaps as much as $8-million per season over eight years the maximum allowable term under the collective bargaining agreement. Kessel has led the Maple Leafs in points in each of the four seasons si...
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