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Leafs re-sign Bozak — five years, $21 million

Jul 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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Tyler Bozak has re-signed in Toronto for five years and $21 million (cap hit $4.2 million).

The commitment from the Maple Leafs to keep the 27-year-old center comes a day after the club announced it would use a compliance buyout on center Mikhail Grabovski.

Bozak had 28 points in 46 games last season. During his time with the Leafs, he’s found good offensive chemistry with winger Phil Kessel.

“They’re two smart hockey players,” head coach Randy Carlyle said in April, per the Globe and Mail. “They’ve got very high [hockey] IQ. They know where one another are, they play off of one another and they look for one another. They think the game in a lot of the same manner.”

There have, however, been questions about Bozak’s defensive play.

Suffice to say, this is a deal that will be much-debated in Toronto.

And general manager Dave Nonis may not be done yet — a big deal with winger David Clarkson could be the next news out of Leafs-land.

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    And Dave Clarkson

    • valarmorghuliss - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      7 year deal

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I just can’t get over how much Bozak and his agent valued his ability. I know in negotiations you start off high, but asking for 8yrs around 5mil was insanity. Even 5yrs at just over $4mil is crazy to me. Bozak is decent but on most teams he’d be a 3rd.line center. It’s good Toronto is keeping him with Kessel, but in a sensible world of NHL signings (which doesn’t exist) this guy would be a $3million player, tops.

    • sunderlanding - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Wow are you that awesome green dude? Bozak is ranked in that 3.75 to 4.25 area by most analysts, so maybe they overpaid a little bit, but it’s not so bad for a guy who can play all situations, is good on the draw, and defensively acountable. Plus he’s best friends with your top snipper. Makes Kessel more likely to want to resign at a resonable rate. It’s a decent signing.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        I understand his value in the current NHL, I’m just saying in a fictional world where value is based on production+value, Bozak wouldn’t be more than a $3mil player. He just doesn’t do enough to warrant a big contract. But that’s the NHL today.

        And I’m not the green dude or a Leafs fans.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Too bad. Both are very cool.

      • dueman - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        At least one is…

  3. worldseriestiger - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    that’s some nice trolling by Kessel right there

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    now that wasnt so hard, why did it take so long? did his agent really think his phone would be ringing off the hook with those initial demand rumors floating around?

  5. channelguy - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    It’s a reasonable contract – a LOT less than Bozak’s agent asked for, even accounting for negotiating space. Bozak’s a second line center, not a first, but he plays well with Kessel, and that counts for a lot. Besides, look at the Leafs two top lines:

    Van Riemsdyk-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson

    Its basically a 1 and a 1a — take your choice which is the top line.

    That leaves a 3rd line centered by Bolland which will be a real shutdown line – something the Leafs didnt have last year with Grabovski in the spot

    • timsabourin - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      i liiiiike thaaaat

  6. withseidelinn - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Happy with this signing but they need a winger or two to fill out the bottom 6. Should have resigned Ryan Hamilton

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