Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Signs Extension With the Oilers


The Edmonton Oilers have signed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year contract extension. The deal will kick in next season.

Elliotte Friedman: Seven-years, $42 million.

Nugent-Hopkins was drafted first overall by the Oilers in 2011.

What do you think of the deal?

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  1. #1 by hotwings at September 19th, 2013

    excellent deal for the oilers.. he had a bad year last yr, but who didnt on the oilers last year?…

    w/ the cap going up (most likely), this deal makes sense long term..

  2. #2 by ATOMIC BISCUIT at September 19th, 2013

    What a great deal for Nugent-Hopkins and his 22 career goals. He is probably giving his agent a handie on the ride home. If not, he should be.

  3. #3 by mr oil at September 19th, 2013

    Right on pace with the other young guys contracts. This was a preemptive strike, if Nuge has a huge year this will keep him from asking for one of those 8+ mil contracts.

  4. #4 by Derek at September 19th, 2013

    thats a lot of money for someone with 100 career games

    Hasnt shown he can even last 82 games.

    But its the safe move for Oilers.

    Guys like Stepan and Kadri must be jealous of this contract

  5. #5 by ATOMIC BISCUIT at September 19th, 2013

    So starting next year he will make the same amount as John Tavares for the next 4 years with 102 career games, 22 career goals and an injury history. He will also be paid more that Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown and extremely close to Zetterberg for the next 4 years. I would be ecstatic if I were Ryan. Good for him. But there is no way that I could call this a good deal for the Oilers.

  6. #6 by Patrick at September 19th, 2013

    I think it is a bit much as well. But as for your comment, ATOMIC BISCUIT, I could easily see him justifying being paid as much/more than those other guys in the near future. Still too much for what he has done to date.

  7. #7 by hotwings at September 20th, 2013

    Remember this guy is a former #1, so the upside for him is greater than Kadri’s and Stepen’s, therefore, he was able to bypass the bridge deal and go straight to the honey pot.

    Sure, he is no Zetterberg, but the market changes every few years. You can’t make straight player comparisons without taking into consideration the market itself. Wasn’t Lecavalier paid $10million a season just a few years ago?

  8. #8 by ATOMIC BISCUIT at September 20th, 2013

    The league is littered with first round busts. Every team has tons of them. Look at it this way: Name ONE other player in NHL history that was drafted and then got a 7 year deal after playing 102 career games.
    Maybe he pans out but TODAY it is a very high risk deal any way you look at it.

  9. #9 by Greg at September 20th, 2013

    This is nuts. As a Maple Leaf fan I know too well the issues with long over paid contracts for injured or under performing players. Nugent will likely be a steal at $6 million per, but as of right now he hasn’t done anything to warrant this term or money (DiPietro). At least all the Kadri bashing will be gone for now about how he wanted an extreme $3.5 million for his injury less body of work.

  10. #10 by Greg at September 20th, 2013

    Why not a 1 or 2 year deal to assess Nuge going forward. Lower the risk. 2 years at $3 million per, then 5 years at $8 million per almost amounts to the same amount after 7 years but with far less risk. When Nail and Schultz are due you will have 5 players at 7 years with a total cap hit of $42 million per. Lets hope the cap goes up big time.

  11. #11 by hotwings at September 20th, 2013

    the oilers made a decision a long time ago to lock up their core. what they are doing is smart, with the reasonable cap hits and NTCs.

    Also, you can’t have Hall/Eberle getting 6 million per, and then ask Nuge to take only 5 per.

    When the time comes, any of these guys wont be hard to move, if the cap demands it.

    And.. Nuge is the first overall, from the first round… Sure the first rounder is full of busts, but not so much at the #1 spot… Nuge might have had a bad year last year, but he was injured, and no one sane, would call him a bust at this point.

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