Zait­sev gets seven-year deal with Leafs

The Hamilton Spectator - - 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 $4.5 mil­lion US 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.

The Moscow na­tive also ap­peared in four play­off con­tests with Toronto.

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