Jack Hughes and New Jersey Devils agree to massive eight-year contract extension

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Forward Jack Hughes has signed an eight-year contract extension to stay with the New Jersey Devils. Hughes’ contract will have an average annual value of $ 8 million.

Hughes was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 season.

“I am delighted to sign this agreement for myself and for my family,” Hughes said in a press release. “I love being in New Jersey and I love playing in New Jersey. I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else, and we’re really building something special. I believe in what we’re doing here, and we’ve got a great lucky to be successful for a long time. This contract shows that this team is extremely invested in me and that I am also very dedicated to this organization. I want to thank Tom Fitzgerald, David Blitzer, Josh Harris and all the members of the New Devils Jersey for this opportunity. “

Hughes’ extension comes the same day he returns to the Devils squad. The star center was on the injured list after suffering a dislocated shoulder against the Seattle Kraken on Oct. 19 and missed the last 17 games.

Hughes expects to regain his place in the front row of the Devils alongside Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha.

In two games before the injury, Hughes had two goals and an assist. He produced a winning overtime game against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Devils’ season opener. During the 2020-21 season, Hughes scored 11 goals and recorded 20 assists in 56 games.

Hughes has accumulated 55 points (20 goals and 35 assists) in his three professional seasons.

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