The Montreal Canadiens were busy on the opening day of the NHL regular season. The team announced they signed Nick Suzuki to an eight-year contract extension worth $63 million. The contract carries a salary-cap hit of $7.875 million.
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Nick Suzuki Signs New Extension With Canadiens
This is a glorious day if you are a Canadiens fan. The team has locked up one of their young players to a long-term deal. Ever since arriving in Montreal as part of the Max Pacioretty trade, Suzuki has fit into this lineup perfectly. Last season with the Canadiens, Suzuki posted 41 points (15 goals and 26 assists) in 56 games. He took it to the next level in the Stanley Cup Playoffs leading the team in points with 16 (seven goals and nine assists). Being paired with Cole Caufield made the Canadiens a very dynamic team as they marched to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1993.
In a statement, general manager Marc Bergevin said, “We are very happy to secure Nick’s services for the next eight seasons.”
Suzuki was drafted 13th overall in the first round by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft. In 127 career NHL games, Suzuki has recorded 82 points (28 goals and 54 assists). In the playoffs, he has added another 23 points (11 goals and 12 assists).
The future of the Canadiens is in good hands. Montreal was able to get this deal done because Jesperi Kotkaniemi got an offer sheet from the Carolina Hurricanes. This opened up cap space for the Canadiens to get the deal done. In addition, with Shea Weber, Paul Byron and Carey Price on injured reserve, even more cap space was opened up.
Montreal is building something special and doing it the right way. It will be interesting to see who the next of the young players will get an extension. It will be an uphill climb for Montreal this season, but having Suzuki locked up for eight more years is a good thing. He and Caufield will make a dangerous combination going forward.