Maple Leafs sign Joffrey Lupul to a 5 year contract extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Joffrey Lupul to a 5 year contract extension worth $26.25 million, a $5.25 million salary cap hit.

Lupul was in the last year of his deal where he’s earning $4.25 million.

Lupul was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks, 7th overall in 2002.

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  1. #1 by Jeff at January 20th, 2013

    Hey, he had a good season last year, but a 5 yr extension for a 30 year old player (he will be 30 when this contract starts) who has had just one great season, and with extensive injury history?

    A real gamble..

    I like the player a lot, but i dont like this contract at all. I wouldnt give a player entering his decline years, more than a 3 year deal, unless he is an elite super star with a track record of health.

    Not the end of the world either, but not exactly a bargain for the team.

  2. #2 by John at January 20th, 2013

    He sucks

  3. #3 by omar at January 20th, 2013

    The dude would have gotten a 7 year offer this summer from a desperate team.

  4. #4 by Jeff at January 20th, 2013

    Well, even if Lupul has another PPG year and plays well all around…i still dont see another team offering more than this next summer. Its no discount right now for the team, in my opinion.

  5. #5 by tommy at January 20th, 2013

    what was lupul, like 4th in the league in scoring when he got hurt?!

  6. #6 by Jeff at January 20th, 2013

    He was 7th in Points Per Game for the season.

    I believe he was 6th in the scoring race, when he was injured.

    It is pretty impressive that Kessel finished with as many points as he did, considering he was playing with no one during the 2 months Lupul was hurt.

  7. #7 by hotwings at January 21st, 2013

    seems like a reasonable contract when you look at the bigger picture… for example…

    what happens after next season w/ kessel? will he resign? not guaranteed. maybe a lupul resigning helps get kessel back on board for another 5 years as well..

    if the leafs can’t pull in another big name like perry, getz, nathan horton, jamie benn, etc… then why would you want one of the league’s top scorers last season to walk?

    if lupul has another strong season, the leafs look better as a destination for free agents who can help push them to the next level….

  8. #8 by J at January 21st, 2013

    I like this signing a lot, provided he’s consistent again this year. Hope they can pull off a playoff run this year. They seem to start well out of the gate, then lose steam. Hope the shortened season will work in their favour.

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