Leafs sign Zaitsev to seven-year deal

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed de­fence­man Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

The deal car­ries an an­nual av­er­age value of US$4.5 mil­lion per sea­son and will keep the Rus­sian blue­liner locked up through the 2023-24 cam­paign.

The 25-year-old Zaitsev had a break­out rookie sea­son with the Leafs in 2016-17, reg­is­ter­ing 36 points (four goals, 32 as­sists) in 82 games and lead­ing Toronto play­ers with an av­er­age of just over 22 min­utes of ice time per game.

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