Being an unlimited giveaway representative though settlement rights, defenceman Damon Severson was anticipating to get agreement from a New Jersey Devils that would lift him over for a integrate of years.
The Devils instead gave a 23-year-old Severson a opinion of confidence, signing him to a six-year, $25 million agreement that will keep him with a group by a 2022-23 season.
“Damon brings an critical dimension to a hockey bar and he is a immature defenceman that we are vehement to work with,” ubiquitous manager Ray Shero pronounced Monday in announcing a understanding that gets Severson sealed in time for a opening of training stay this week. “This understanding shows a ownership’s joining in what we continue to build here.”
Severson will acquire $2.5 million this deteriorate and his income will expand to $5.1 million in a final year of a contract. He set career highs with 28 assists and 31 points in 80 regular-season games final season, heading all New Jersey defencemen in assists and points.
It is approaching that Severson will get a possibility to span with Andy Greene on a Devils’ tip defensive unit.
Severson had hoped that a agreement would be staid before a start of training camp, though this was pulling it.
“I only didn’t wish to be a form of man that missed training stay or took some time skating divided from a team,” he pronounced in a discussion call. “I wanted to be here with a guys in stay scheming a same approach as everybody else.”
Severson pronounced he was open to signing a agreement to overpass a integrate of years or removing a long-term one.
“With a long-term understanding we am happy to be here,” Severson said. “I am gentle now and we theory only brazen to what is to come here with all a moves we finished in a off-season. we am really happy to get it done. Long tenure in New Jersey was what a categorical idea was.”
The Devils have not finished a playoffs given going to a Stanley Cup Finals in 2012. They drafted Nico Hischier with a initial collect altogether in a NHL breeze in June, sealed maestro free-agent centre Brian Boyle and defenceman and Hobey Baker Award leader Will Butcher, and acquired left wing Marcus Johansson from a Capitals.
“You can tell we wish to spin a page here and get this going in a right direction,” Severson said.