Dave Nonis, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced on Sunday that the hockey club has signed forward Joffrey Lupul to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Joffrey has proven to be a dynamic offensive player and since joining our hockey club he has fit in extremely well with our team,” said Nonis. “His alternate captaincy is well deserved and, by signing this extension, we look forward to him playing a large role with the Leafs for many years to come.”
Lupul, 29, played 66 games in 2011-12 and ranked second on the Leafs in goals (25), assists (42), points (67) and powerplay goals (8). He established career highs for assists and points in a season. At the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa, he was the assistant captain for Team Chara and scored two goals in the NHL All-Star Game. The 6-1, 206-pound left-winger was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month in November 2011, during which he recorded a career-best seven game point-streak. He was also the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending January 8, 2011 when he earned seven points (two goals, five assists) in three games. The Leafs acquired Lupul along with Jake Gardiner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Francois Beauchemin on February 9, 2011.
In 517 career NHL games with Toronto, Anaheim, Philadelphia and Edmonton, Lupul has registered 323 points (151 goals, 172 assists) with 313 penalty minutes. The Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta native was originally selected seventh overall by Anaheim in the 2002 Entry Draft.
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