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Newly re-signed D Mark Giordano sounds off on his contract extension

The veteran defenseman took a considerable hometown discount.

Michael Whitaker

The Toronto Maple Leafs took care of an important item of business late last night, inking veteran defenseman Mark Giordano two a two-year contract extension; he was originally acquired in March from the expansion Seattle Kraken. 

Giordano's contract will see him take an 88% pay cut at a mere $800,000 per season, which Is just over the veteran minimum of $750,000. And at this stage in his career, it's not about monetary gain, but success on the ice. 

“I’m definitely blessed to have had the career I’ve had so far and be in a position financially where I’m in a good spot. I wasn’t worried about hard negotiating or anything like that,” said Giordano.

“I want to be here. I love the team. And I wanted to do what I can do to help this team move forward and win. I’ll leave it at that.”

Giordano, who previously served as captain of both the Kraken and Calgary Flames, has been paid handsomely throughout his career, having earned $62 million from previous contracts. And while it was a disappointing end to the season for him and the rest of his new Leafs teammates at the hands of the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Giordano is only looking forward - and is thrilled to be playing in his native town. 

“The way they battled and competed is something special to watch from your top players, and I definitely think those guys can push this team over that line of winning or losing,” Giordano said. "I believe in this team. I believe this team is a contender. It was a perfect fit.”

"As you get older, with children, it changes a lot in life. You really cherish those moments, especially my kids getting to see their grandparents,” he continued.

“It means a lot to the kids and obviously to my parents and my wife’s parents. So it’s cool. And I want to take advantage of this. This is a great opportunity.”