Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs made two big moves in the early hours of free agency on Friday, signing forwards Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson to multi-year deals.
Bozak returns to the Maple Leafs for a five-year deal reportedly worth $21 million, while Clarkson left the New Jersey Devils to ink a seven-year, $36.75 million with Toronto. Bozak's deal carries an annual cap hit of $4.2 million and Clarkson's has an annual average value of $5.25 million.
Both Bozak and Clarkson entered the NHL as undrafted free agents. Toronto signed Bozak in 2009, while Clarkson was inked in 2005 by the Devils.
The 29-year-old Clarkson, a native of suburban Toronto, tallied a career-best 30 goals with New Jersey in 2011-12. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound winger added a team-high 15 goals and 24 points in 48 games for the Devils during the 2013 campaign.
Clarkson has 97 goals and 73 assists in 426 career games -- all with the Devils.
Bozak, 27, had 12 goals and 16 assists in 46 games for the Leafs during the recent lockout-shortened season. He added one goal and one assist in five playoff games.
In 238 career games with Toronto, Bozak has compiled 53 goals, 81 assists and 134 points.