Maple Leafs sign Dion Phaneuf to seven-year extension
As expected, the Maple Leafs captain has inked a new seven-year deal believed to be in the $49 million range.
“Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process,” general manager Dave Nonis said in a statement. “He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game.
“ He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we’re pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons.”
Phaneuf welcomed the opportunity to stay with the Leafs well into his mid-30s.
“This is a very proud day for me and my family,” said Phaneuf. “I’m very honoured to be the captain of this historic franchise and to maintain the opportunity to play and represent the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years to come.