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Maple Leafs bring pair of defensemen on board

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs added a pair of big
defensemen Saturday, signing veteran Hal Gill and agreeing to terms
with Pavel Kubina.

The 6-foot-7 Gill got a $6.3-million, three-year contract, while
the 6-5 Kubina came to terms on a $20-million, four-year deal.

Both players were unrestricted free agents.

Gill, who made just under $1.6 million last season, had one
goal, nine assists and 124 penalty minutes in 80 games with the
Bruins. The 31-year-old native of Concord, Mass., has 20 goals and
77 assists in 626 games, all with Boston.

Kubina had five goals and 33 assists for Tampa Bay last season,
his eighth with the team. The 29-year-old Kubina, who made $2.58
million last season, added a goal and an assist in two playoff
games.

The duo is expected to add some much-needed grit to the Leafs'
defense corps, complementing offensive-minded defensemen Bryan
McCabe and Tomas Kaberle. Both recently signed long-term deals with
the team.

Kubina is expected to officially sign with Toronto in the next
few days.