Maple Leafs sign captain Dion Phaneuf to seven-year contract extension

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Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf stretches before taking on the Buffalo Sabres in NHL hockey action in Toronto, Friday. 

The Maple Leafs have signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year deal.

Phaneuf, 28, is now under contract through the 2020-21 NHL season.

The defenceman leads the team in ice time at 24:21 a game and could be considered the Leafs’ most irreplaceable player given his contributions in all situations.

“Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process,” general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement “He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game. He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we’re pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons.”

He has four goals and 11 assists this season.

Recent reports have indicated the contract would be worth roughly US$49 million.

“I’m very honoured to be the captain of this historic franchise and to maintain the opportunity to play and represent the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years to come,” Phaneuf said in a statement.

The Leafs scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon at Michigan Stadium to address the deal. Phaneuf and his teammates will hold their Winter Classic practice there later.

 

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  • bill
    January 01, 2014 - 12:36

    What a joke. This guy was voted the most over rated player in the league by other NHL players! Not even sure why the Leafs would keep him.

  • Good for Dion
    January 01, 2014 - 11:51

    Good contract for Dion! He's a reliable, 2 way, elite NHL defensemen playing night in and out against the top line's in the hockey world and he's a man with lots of class and leadership skills. This is a fair market deal for him.

    • bill
      January 01, 2014 - 12:39

      Elite? Lots of class? What alternate universe are you living in?!?

    • nitpicker
      January 01, 2014 - 13:00

      Elite? Funny you never hear his name mentioned for team Canada. He's a decent, consistent defenceman, but that;s it.

  • James Wolfe
    December 31, 2013 - 10:59

    NO player, I and I repeat NO player should be signed to a 7 year contract when they are 29, 30 years of age. Your best years are behind you…most do NOT get better from the age of 30 to 37 years of age…you slow down, you get injured more…you are past your prime…your skills deteriorate, it’s a fact…time and time again you see this in the league… I am amazed that owners allow this to continue…wake up idiots!!! Most GM’s are idiots and so are the owners for allowing these long term contracts on older players. How do you not see this??? It has happened so many times!!! A 3 year contract would have been enough… This ties up way to much money for far too long again…not to bright at all. If an owner is looking for an intelligent GM, one that thinks of the bottom line…get a hold of me, I won’t waste your money, ever…and we will win and be successful, every year…

    • grapefruit
      December 31, 2013 - 15:48

      James: I recommend you for Premier of this Province! Our current Premier makes makes all the General Managers look like penny pincers. Have a Happy New Year!