McCabe stays in T.O.

Bryan McCabe has decided his NHL future is in Toronto, after all. (Toronto Sun File/Fred Thornhill)

Bryan McCabe has decided his NHL future is in Toronto, after all. (Toronto Sun File/Fred Thornhill)

Toronto Sun Sports

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

The Maple Leafs announced this morning that they have signed defenceman Bryan McCabe to a five-year contract, believed to be worth about $28.75 million U.S.

"Bryan is one of the premier defencemen in the game, and as a key member of our team keeping him in Toronto was one of our top priorities this off-season," Leafs general manager John Ferguson said in a statement.

"Bryan is among the most skilled players at his position in the NHL. He also brings us valuable leadership both on and off the ice. We're pleased that he'll continue to be a cornerstone for our team in the future."

McCabe, who was on the verge of signing a deal three weeks ago -- and then backed off -- said he was glad to be returning to Toronto.

"I'm very pleased to be continuing my career with the Leafs, and to be a member of one of hockey's most storied franchises," McCabe said in a statement. "This team has the opportunity to win, and Toronto's terrific fans make it a great place to play."

McCabe, 31, ranked third among NHL defencemen in points last season with 68.

The native of St. Catharines was originally the New York Islanders' second choice, 40th overall, in the 1993 entry draft.

For more on this story, read Friday's Toronto Sun or torontosun.com


Videos

Photos