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Saturday, February 11, 2006
Leafs sign Kaberle to five-year extension news services

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension through the 2010-11 season.

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Kaberle will earn $4.25 million per season, a league source familiar with the deal told's E.J. Hradek.

Kaberle could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Terms were not disclosed. He made $2.28 million this season.

The 27-year-old Kaberle ranks fifth among NHL defenseman in scoring with six goals and 37 assists in 56 games. Drafted by the Maple Leafs in the eighth round in the 1996 draft, Kaberle has 47 career goals and 220 assists.

"Tomas represents a core part of our organization and we rely on him to play in all situations," general manager John Ferguson said. "Tomas figured to be one of the young premier free agents in the offseason we are pleased that he is committed to being a big part of our future success."

Kaberle will play for the Czech Republic in the Olympics.

Ferguson said the Leafs also are working on a contract extension with defenseman Bryan McCabe, who will suit up for Canada at the Olympics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.