Ex-Leaf Tucker signs with Avalanche


Ex-Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Sources tell Sportsnet.ca the deal comes with performance bonuses in the post-season. If the Avalanche make the playoffs, for each round in which he scores five goals, he would earn an additional $500,000.

Sixteen months after signing Tucker to a four-year extension, the Leafs bought out Tucker’s contract on Thursday. The move will cost the Leafs US$1 million a season for the next six seasons, saving them $3 million over the life of the contract.

In 74 games last season, Tucker socred 18 goals and added 16 assists.

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