NHL News

Devils extend Hughes with 8-year, $64M contract

Jack Hughes is returning to the New Jersey Devils lineup on Tuesday night — and will be with them much longer thanks to a rich, new contract extension.

The Devils on Tuesday rewarded their 2019 No. 1 draft pick with an eight-year, $64 million deal, announcing the move hours before the young center was to return to the ice against the Sharks after being out since Oct. 19 with a separated shoulder.

“This is a strong commitment from Jack to the organization’s future and the New Jersey Devils to Jack,” managing partner David Blitzer said in a statement. “We all know what Jack means to the team on and off the ice — he’s an unbelievable player and a fantastic person. His future is incredibly bright and he will be a pillar for our franchise for years to come.”

Hughes had 21 points as an 18-year-old rookie and 31 points last season. He has played only two games this season but has two goals and an assist.

His new deal begins in the 2022-23 season. The 20-year-old had been scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this campaign.

“I’m so excited to sign this deal for myself and for my family,” Hughes said. “I love being in New Jersey, and I love playing in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else, and we are really building something special. I believe in what we are doing here, and we have a great chance to be successful for a long time. This contract shows that this team is extremely invested in me and I’m also really dedicated to this organization.”

The Devils are 9-6-4 this season, good for sixth in the Metropolitan Division.

Articles You May Like

Hurricanes Should Target Phil Kessel in Free Agency
Team USA, boosted by ‘quick start,’ blanks Austria
Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Marner, Matthews, Bunting & Steeves
NHL Rumors: Canucks, Red Wings, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Islanders
NHL-bound Russian hockey player wants court to reverse his conscription

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.