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Edmonton Oilers sign Darnell Nurse to 8-year, $74M extension

Mar 15, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) skates against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse (25) skates against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-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.

Nurse, 26, 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.

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