Maple Leafs bring pair of defensemen on board

Updated: July 1, 2006, 5:41 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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