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Edmonton Oilers extend Darnell Nurse with a big 8-year contract

However in recent weeks, a handful of comparable mid-career defenders have signed massive extensions that have raised the stakes into the previously unlikely realm of $9+ million per season.

  • Seth Jones signed an 8-year deal at $9.5 per season after being traded to Chicago Blackhawks
  • Zach Werenski signed a 6-year extension with Columbus Blue Jackets at an Annual Average Value of $9.58 million
  • Dougie Hamilton signed the richest contract on the first day of free agency, inking a 7-year pact at $9.0 million per season with New Jersey Devils

There are of course subtle differences among the three.
Both the Jones and Werenski contracts were negotiated a year in advance and won’t kick in until 2022, as now is the case with Nurse. Hamilton’s takes effect immediately. Only Werenski’s deal covered so much as a single year of restricted free agency, otherwise all three deals cover what would have been UFA years. Thus the big tickets.

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