Leafs sign Muzzin to 4-year, $22.5M extension
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked defenseman Jake Muzzin to a four-year contract extension with an average annual value of $5.625 million, the team announced Monday.

Muzzin, 31, was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His new deal includes a no-movement clause for next season that becomes a no-trade clause and then a 10-team no-trade clause in subsequent years, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The 6-foot-3 blue-liner has arguably been the Leafs' most consistent defenseman this season despite missing time with a broken foot.

Muzzin has mustered 22 points through 52 games in 2019-20 and leads the Maple Leafs in hits (108) and blocked shots (110). He also ranks second on the team in average ice time, logging 21:43 per game.

Extending Muzzin provides Toronto with some clarity regarding the future of the blue line. Here's a breakdown of the Maple Leafs' defense corps through the 2020-21 season, along with respective players' annual cap hits:

Jake Muzzin ($5.625M) Justin Holl ($2M)
Morgan Rielly ($5M) Timothy Liljegren ($863K)
Rasmus Sandin ($894K)
Martin Marincin ($700K)

The Maple Leafs will also have a chance to extend Travis Dermott, who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Muzzin will play a key role down the stretch for Toronto with blue-chip rearguard Morgan Rielly sidelined with a broken foot. The Maple Leafs remain in the thick of a tight Eastern Conference playoff race with 19 games remaining.

Toronto acquired Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings in January 2019.

Leafs sign Muzzin to 4-year, $22.5M extension
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