Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might be, no less than on paper, the longest serving Edmonton Oiler of all time.
Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers agreed to an eight-year contract extension on Tuesday with a median annual worth of $5.125 million US. Drafted first general by Edmonton within the 2011 NHL draft, the 28-year-old has performed within the league for a decade.
If he sees Tuesday’s contract to completion, he’ll be the longest tenured participant in workforce historical past.
“It is an enormous deal to me,” stated Nugent-Hopkins about probably enjoying 18 seasons for the Oilers. “It is all the time been my purpose to have the ability to keep in Edmonton. I’ve cherished my time in Edmonton to this point.
“The workforce is progressing the way in which we wish it to, I wish to be part of that. Clearly the most important purpose I wish to keep is that I wish to win in Edmonton.”
Oilers normal supervisor Ken Holland stated that Nugent-Hopkins — who’s from Burnaby, B.C., and performed junior with the Crimson Deer Rebels — is a real Western Canadian and devoted to staying in Edmonton.
“He desires to be an Oiler. He loves being an Oiler. He loves residing right here,” stated Holland. “He desires to be an Oiler his whole profession, that is actually essential to him.”
Nugent-Hopkins’ earlier deal for seven years and $42 million expired after this season.
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Holland stated that the Oilers’ new take care of Nugent-Hopkins is the results of a compromise, with the workforce liking a shorter deal and the participant presumably wanting more cash. However it was essential for each side to get a deal performed.
“No contract’s excellent, no contract’s excellent,” stated Holland. “On the finish of the day, it is a deal that Ryan felt good about, it is a deal I felt good about.”
The contract features a no-movement clause, which Nugent-Hopkins stated was an essential a part of the deal for him.
“Clearly, signing an eight-year deal you wish to be protected and also you wish to have that assurance from the membership that they will not simply flip round and ship you elsewhere,” stated Nugent-Hopkins. “That was essential to me and I am completely satisfied that we had been in a position to work that out.”
Nugent-Hopkins had 16 objectives and 19 assists in 52 video games this season because the Oilers completed second within the all-Canadian North Division earlier than getting swept by the Winnipeg Jets within the first spherical of the post-season.
He completed third on the Oilers in power-play objectives (9) and fourth in power-play factors (20) this season.
He has completed within the high 4 on the workforce in each classes throughout every of the final 4 seasons.
The primary general decide by the Oilers within the 2011 NHL draft, Nugent-Hopkins has 478 factors (185 objectives and 293 assists) in 656 profession video games with Edmonton. Nugent-Hopkins is tenth all-time in Oilers scoring.
Holland confirmed that he can be defending seven forwards and three defencemen within the upcoming NHL enlargement draft.