The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Darnell Nurse to an eight-year, $74 million contract extension Friday.
The deal begins with the 2022-23 season and carries an average annual value of $9.25 million.
Oilers sign Darnell Nurse
There was early speculation that Nurse was looking at a shorter-term, but things changes last week.
“Earlier in the week I’d reported that they were looking at a 4 year extension for Nurse,” Elliotte Friedman said. “I think that has changed. I think they are looking at an 8 year term, and it is going to be around the 8x$9M range.”
It turns out Friedman heard right as Nurse just cashed in big time.
The 26 year-old rearguard tallied 36 points (career-high 16 goals, 20 assists) in 56 games last season, his seventh season with the Oilers. He led all NHL blueliners with 15 even-strength goals.
He has 157 points (45 goals, 112 assists) in 406 games since Edmonton drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick in 2013. He also has five assists in 21 playoff games.
This is the second eight-year contract for an Oilers player since the end of the 2020-21 season. Forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed an eight-year, $41 million extension on June 29.
–Field Level Media