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Leafs lock up Lupul with five-year, $26.25M extension

Jan 20, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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New Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis made his first major move on Sunday, locking up Joffrey Lupul to a five-year extension.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the yearly cap hit will be $5.25 million, rounding out the deal to $26.25 million overall. It also includes a limited no-trade clause; the Leafs can request a list of 14 teams he’d accept being traded to, according to Dreger.

Getting some trade protection is probably more important to Lupul than many other players. He’s been involved in four swaps in his career, including two that involved Chris Pronger.

The Buds’ future remains fuzzy as Lupul joins Mikhail Grabovski and James Van Riemsdyk as the only prominent forwards signed beyond the 2013-14 season. The team still has a decision to make with top sniper Phil Kessel – his deal runs out in the summer of 2014 – but signing his running mate implies that the team might lean toward paying up.

Few were particularly excited when he landed in Toronto in February 2011 trade that involved Francois Beauchemin, yet Lupul’s been an asset for the Leafs. That was especially true last season as he scored 25 goals and 67 points despite being limited to just 66 games.

Management has apparently seen enough to make him a part of the long-term future. He’ll turn 30 in September, so this contract should cover the remainder of his prime.

  1. jimw81 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    makes the lockout even more a waste of time

    • dolphincult - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      lmao. lupul a no trade clause? Bettman should be shot and pissed on. Why bother with a lockout when jackass teams sign these types of deals for journeymen average players. good luck toronto!

    • bcjim - Jan 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      No kidding. Are they trying to get to the cap floor or something? 5+mil for Lupul? Really?

      He is a fine player but, come on, I thought this kind of thing is why they wasted half a season?!?

      True value, imo, on a fair term: 3x4m or 4x 3.5m

  2. 19to77 - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Solid value for a team in their position. He’d have been lured away by an overpriced offer in free agency if they’d let it go until then. Same reason the Flyers and Devils signed Hartnell and Zajac well before free agency.

  3. spetznaz777 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    lupul is a good player but he is just not worth the risk. i hope it works out but i see this not being a good deal.

  4. broadstbully33 - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Hartnell wasn’t leaving Philly… But I see your point. Lupol got about 500k more than he is worth. If he can stay healthy it shouldn’t be a problem. I he has another injury like the one in Anahiem it coul turn south real quick tho. It’s not like Toronto is stocked up with a large amount of skilled forwards… I see a bunch of 3 rd line players and other with talent other than kessel lupol is there best offense weapon and that in itself is pretty sad

  5. buffalo65 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    A joke, about 2 million too much and 2 years too long.

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