Maple Leafs sign deals with Cody Ceci, Alex Kerfoot

The Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two of their newest acquisitions to contract extensions.

Defenseman Cody Ceci agreed to a one-year extension for $4.5 million, while forward Alex Kerfoot was locked up for four more years with an average annual value of $3.5 million on the deal.

Ceci was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday, while Kerfoot came over in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. Both were restricted free agents.

Ceci, 25, had 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 74 games with the Senators last season. In 440 games over six seasons, all with the Senators, he has 118 points (32 goals, 86 assists) while adding three assists in 25 playoff games.

Kerfoot, 24, had 42 points (15 goals, 27 assists) in 78 games for the Avalanche last season before getting three assists in 12 playoff games.

The Vancouver native has 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists) in 157 games. Kerfoot was in Kelowna, B.C., when he got the news he was traded.

''I don't know if there's any better places to be traded to in the league right now in Toronto,'' he said on Monday. ''It's a huge hockey market. The team is in great shape going forward. They've got some elite players on their team. The way they're running the team seems to be top-notch. It's an exciting group to be a part of.''

Kerfoot can play on the wing or at center.

''The way the game is going, you need guys who can play multiple positions,'' he said. ''I was fortunate enough to be able to move around the lineup. I've become more comfortable in different roles, playing on the wing, playing at center, and playing in different situations. I developed that in my game a little bit, and I want to continue to improve in all aspects.''


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