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Blake signs 5-year, $20 million deal with Maple Leafs

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TORONTO (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs signed winger Jason Blake to a five-year, $20 million contract on Sunday.

The 33-year-old unrestricted free agent had a career-high 40 goals last season while also adding 29 assists for a career-high 69 points in 82 games with the New York Islanders.

Blake, a four-time 20-goal scorer, will make $5 million next season, $4.5 million in each of the following two seasons and $3 million in the final two years of his deal.

The Islanders' top priority is keeping forward Ryan Smyth, who they acquired at the trade deadline from the Edmonton Oilers.

The Leafs were in need for a first-line winger to play with captain Mats Sundin and hope they've found it with the speedy Blake, who also is a good penalty killer.

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