By inducing Phil Kessel to sign an eight-year contract extension for a widely reported sum of $64 million, Dave Nonis has put his most significant stamp on the Maple Leafs.
Nonis has been busy. He lured free agent David Clarkson and traded for goalie Jonathan Bernier and super-pest Dave Bolland.
But in each of those circumstances, Nonis had circumstance in his favor.
Clarkson, a Toronto native, loved the team since childhood and likely rejected a bit more money to be a Leaf.
The LA Kings knew they could ...