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October 1, 2013 | 10:20am ET
Kessel, Maple Leafs agree on 8-year extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Phil Kessel have agreed to terms on an eight-year, $64 million contract extension.

Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie of TSN have reported that negotiations between the two parties intensified over the weekend and into Monday evening.

Talks between the two sides picked up throughout September, and Toronto's focus will now shift to captain Dion Phaneuf, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Kessel, whose deal includes a limited no-movement clause, registered 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points in 48 games with the Maple Leafs last season.

The 25-year-old native of Madison, WI, has played in 504 career NHL regular-season games with the Boston Bruins and Leafs and has accumulated 185 goals and 194 assists for 379 points.

Kessel, drafted fifth-overall by the Bruins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was traded to Toronto on Sept. 18, 2009, in exchange for two first round draft picks and a second round pick.


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