Maple Leafs and Kessel close on a new deal … VIDEO: Kessel, Sedin’s and Bryzgalov

  • Bob McKenzie: The Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel deal could get done as early as today. Both sides working towards that.
  • Darren Dreger: Neither the Maple Leafs nor Kessel agents are commenting on the speculation. Sense is that there could be news today.
  • Bob McKenzie: McKenzie expects the deal could be for $8 million a season, give or take $500,000 and for seven or eight years. Kessel’s productivity over the years shows that he could be looking for as much as $8.5 million or in the Claude Giroux range, $8.275 million.
  • Damian Cox: Reported last week that they were working on a deal. The deal will be expensive, but they couldn’t have this hanging over the team all year.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Leafs wanted to see how eager Kessel was to remain with the Maple Leafs. If he did, they figured the money would sort itself out.
  • Bob McKenzie: The bottom line was, if they want to re-sign him, if would cost between $7.5 and $8.5 million a season or he would go to unrestricted free agency.

What do you think Kessel SHOULD get? What do you think he WILL get? (state if you are a Leafs fan or not)

  • VIDEO: Talk on Kessel’s new deal. As well as Henrik and Daniel Sedin. For the Sedin’s, could be in the $7.5 million a year range for four to five years. There are no talks between the Penguins and Ilya Bryzgalov. This could be the last year that NHL players go to the Olympics.


  1. Mark

    October 1, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I’m a leafs fan and while I hope that kessel signs for 7.5, I think his contract will be at 8.25 that’s lower than giroux but it’s more than fair.

  2. Marc

    October 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Not a Leafs fan. Kessel is probably worth around 6-7 million. Contract definitely over 8 mil a season maybe even upwards of 8.5.

  3. Patrick

    October 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

    He would be offered 8×8 in UFA status this summer. A player is worth what someone is willing to pay. I personally think he is better than Giroux so it’s not that outrageous of a contract.

  4. Wunschkind89

    October 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hopefully the Leafs can get him for a little less than $8M a year. That’s about what he’d get in free agency.

  5. Dylan

    October 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    He’ll be signed for a bit over 8M, probably 8.2 per year.
    Its also what he should get. He’s the best player on the leafs and would be the best forward on many other teams. Leafs are weak offensively without him.
    And Im a leaf fan.