Nikita Zaitsev signed a seven year contract extension at 4.5 million a year. The term is a little concerning, but the price is reasonable and this means that the Leafs have three defencemen locked up long term.
This is fabulous news for the long term building of this team. Zaitsev is third among all the Leafs skaters in minutes, and he recorded 36 points in his rookie year. He plays a very physical game, with 176 hits, which is fourth in the team.
Don Cherry says that he’s not a real defender, but I believe that he is going to be a great addition to this young, Leafs team.
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