Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports that Matt Stajan is close to signing a new multi-year contract to remain with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Leafs assistant general manager Jeff Jackson said that he “hopes to have it settled when he gets back at the end of the week.” The Mississauga native, drafted 57th overall by the Leafs in 2002, is currently holidaying in Europe. Matt has played almost four full campaigns with the club, and has been injury-free in the last two (a rarity for the roster).
The young centreman is a restricted free agent this summer, coming off a 2007-08 campaign that showed a steady improvement in his defensive game and — towards the end of the season when he was the pivot for Jason Blake and Darcy Tucker — a renewed ability to generate some secondary scoring for the team. He was a top penalty-killer for the Leafs and has worked hard on improving his skills on the face-off.
Stajan, who turned 24 last December, earned $950,000 in the final year of his entry level SPC and is expected to come close to doubling that amount with his new deal.
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