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Home Sweet Home: Leafs sign Toronto native David Clarkson to seven-year deal

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 2:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Home Sweet Home: Leafs sign Toronto native David Clarkson to seven-year deal

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs reportedly wasted little time taking advantage of the salary-cap space at their disposal.

Multiple media reports say the Leafs have signed David Clarkson and re-signed Tyler Bozak.

Clarkson signed for seven years and a reported $36.75 million, while Bozak re-upped for five years and a reported $21 million.

Toronto cleared space by buying out centre Mikhail Grabovski. It went into unrestricted free agency with the second-most available under the salary cap and the ability to spend up to the $64.3-million limit.

Bozak will take up $4.2 million a year on his deal that linemate Phil Kessel praised by writing on Twitter: "My buddy is back leaf nation." He had 12 goals and 16 assists last season.

Clarkson will count $5.25 million against the cap while adding size on right wing. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound power forward had 15 goals and nine assists last season for the Devils and scored 30 in 2011-12.

The Leafs also signed pugilist Frazer McLaren to a two-year deal worth $1.4 million. McLaren had 102 penalty minutes, three goals and two assists in 35 games last season.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York