Leafs to buy out Lumme: report

The 15-year NHL career of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jyrki Lumme could be over.

The Toronto Star reported Thursday that the Maple Leafs have opted to buy out the final season of Lumme's contract at close to $2 million US.

The 36-year-old Lumme is slated to make $1.5 million next season. But if the Leafs buy out his contract by July 1, the team must pay two-thirds of that total. The club would also need to pay a buyout provision of $750,000 on an additional option season.

Lumme would take home a total of $1.75 million.

Lumme's agent, Don Baizley, told the Star Wednesday that the Leafs have informed him of their plans for Lumme. But Baizley said he would wait for the club to make an announcement.

The Tampere, Finland native has played with the Leafs since being acquired in a 2001 trade with the Dallas Stars.

Lumme collected six goals and 11 assists in 73 games last season. He also had a plus-10 rating and three game-winning goals.

Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 (third round, 57th overall), Lumme has 114 goals and 354 assists in 985 NHL career contests. His career has also included stops in Phoenix and Vancouver.