John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Darcy Tucker to a four-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial details of the contract were not disclosed. Tucker would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
"Darcy is one of those unique players that possesses an exceptional combination of grit and goals," Ferguson said. "He has been a big contributor in so many ways for many years now, both on and off the ice. His skill level makes him a key ingredient on our powerplay, and he is someone that we will appreciate having in our team's colours for years to come."
Tucker, 31, has 19 goals and 12 assists in 39 games in 2006-07. He has a team-leading 13 goals on the powerplay. He has missed 24 games with a foot injury (sustained December 26) including the last 22 in succession. Tucker has collected four 2-goal games and three game-winning goals this season. His 19 goals are third on the team despite missing the 24 games due to injury. With his next goal, Tucker will reach the 20-goal plateau for the sixth time in his NHL career (fifth with Toronto). Last season, he established career-highs in goals (28), points (61), PPG's (18), and shots (189).
The native of Castor, Alberta currently ranks 36th on the club's All-Time Points List with 273 points and 25th with 638 penalty minutes in a Maple Leafs uniform.
In 722 career NHL games with the Canadiens, Lightning and the Maple Leafs he has 390 points (174 goals, 216 assists) with 1,178 penalty minutes. In 62 career NHL playoff games, he has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) with 79 penalty minutes.
Tucker was originally the Montreal Canadiens' eighth choice, 151st overall, in the 1993 Entry Draft. He was obtained by the Maple Leafs on February 9, 2000 from Tampa Bay along with a fourth round choice in the 2000 Entry Draft (Miguel Delisle) in exchange for Mike Johnson, Marek Posmyk, and Toronto's fifth and sixth round choices in the 2000 Entry Draft (Pavel Sedov, Aaron Gionet).