Oilers sign defenseman Darnell Nurse to massive 8-year extension worth $74M

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Mar 3, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) during the game between the Stars and the Oilers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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Apr 26, 2021; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) puck juggles in warm up before a game against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

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