Kessel, Maple Leafs agree to new deal

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Kessel, Maple Leafs agree to new deal

The Toronto 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.

The two-time All-Star, who will turn 26 on Wednesday, was drafted by the Boston Bruins with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. His new deal includes a limited no-trade clause. The native of Madison, Wisconsin, has 21 points in 22 career playoff games and played for the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. AP
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