Lupul Signs Extension Through 2018
Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Joffrey Lupul to a contract extension through 2018.
Lupul was set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end but Dave Nonis, Leafs senior vice-president and general manager, was taking no chance on the possibility.
“Joffrey has proven to be a dynamic offensive player and since joining our hockey club he has fit in extremely well with our team,” stated Dave Nonis. “His alternate captaincy is well deserved and, by signing this extension, we look forward to him playing a large role with the Leafs for many years to come.”
Over the course of the new 5-year contract, Lupul will make a total of $26.25 million, paying him an average of $5.25 million per year, a $1 million bump on his current deal that pays him $4.25 million.
Lupul’s numbers last year were good enough to rank him second on the team in both goals (25) and assists (42), falling short of Kessel’s numbers (37 goals, 42 assists).
Although he missed the final 16 games of the regular season due to a separated shoulder, Lupul was still able to set career highs in both assists and points.
The 6′ 1″ 206lbs All-Star has played in 516 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers, recording a total of 151 goals and 172 assists for 323 points.
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