The Toronto Maple Leafs today announced the re-signing of winger Joffrey Lupul to a five year, $26.25 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul’s new deal is an average annual cap hit of $5.25 million, and takes effect next season. The Leafs now have 13 players signed for ’13-’14 at a cap hit of just over $47.040 million. He had a career year with the Leafs last season, netting 25 goals and 67 points in 66 games last season playing on Phil Kessel’s line.
Still, the 29-year-old Lupul also has an injury history (back surgery three years ago, and shoulder surgery last year), so this move does come with some risk. If he stays reasonably healthy and maintains his offensive chemistry with Kessel, this could prove a worthwhile signing, especially if the Leafs can keep Kessel in the fold beyond July 2014.