Leafs lock up Gunnarsson for three years, avoid arbitration

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year, $9.45 million deal.

A restricted free agent, Gunnarsson had filed for arbitration, but obviously a hearing won’t be required now. The 26-year-old played 37 games in 2013, scoring once and adding 14 assists while averaging 21:17 of ice time per game.

The Leafs still have three RFAs to sign: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, and Mark Fraser, the latter of whom also filed for arbitration.

Gunnarsson figures to be a top-four defenseman again next season in Toronto, making his cap hit of $3.15 million seem quite reasonable.