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Leafs and Kaberle Agree to Extension

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

(February 11, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday evening that defenceman Tomas Kaberle has agreed to a five-year contract extension (2006-07 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"'Tomas represents a core part of our organization and we rely on him to play in all situations," said Ferguson. "Tomas figured to be one of the young premier free agents in the off-season and we are pleased that he is committed to being a big part of our future success."

Kaberle, 27, is currently fifth among all NHL defencemen with 43 points and tied for third with 37 assists. His average ice time per game mark of 28:04 is fourth overall in the NHL trailing only Nicklas Lidstrom (28:41), Chris Pronger (28:15) and teammate Bryan McCabe (28:08). His powerplay point total of 31 is the league's ninth-highest mark and his 27 powerplay assists is second among all NHL players (Lidstrom). He is currently third in team scoring this season with 43 points (six goals, 37 assists). In 499 career NHL games, all with Toronto, he has 47 goals and 220 assists for 267 points.

Starting next week, Kaberle will participate on the Czech Republic entry at the Winter Olympic Games for the second consecutive time in his career.

The native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic was Toronto's 13th choice, 204th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

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