TORONTO - If Tyler Bozak is going to remain a Maple Leaf with one of those so-called “home-town discounts,” he’s apparently looking to stick around for a long time.
According to a report from TSN, the most recent counter-offer from the Bozak camp as of mid-day Tuesday was an eight-year deal averaging less than $5 million per year. It has been widely speculated that Bozak has been seeking at least a $5 million salary, if not more.
To put that into perspective: Bozak, 27, would be 35 once the duration of that proposed deal had expired.
The two sides were said to have resumed negotiations on Tuesday.
Bozak is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. In five seasons since joining the Leafs from the Universty of Denver, Bozak has scored 53 goals and 81 assists in 238 career NHL games.
Bozak is coming off a two-year contract that paid him $1.5 million US per season. In five seasons, He finished fifth on the team in scoring in 2013 with 28 points, many of those accrued while centring sniper Phil Kessel.
While GM Dave Nonis said at Sunday’s NHL draft that he had not ruled out bringing Bozak back, there are a couple of attractive centres on the free agent market in the form of former Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier and Markham native Steven Weiss. (x)