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Canadiens sign young standout forward Nick Suzuki to 8-year, $63M US extension

Canadiens sign young standout forward Nick Suzuki to 8-year, $63M US extension-Milenio Stadium-Ontario
Forward Nick Suzuki, 22, was rewarded with an eight-year, $63-million US contract extension on Tuesday after helping the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final earlier this year for the first time since 1993. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/File)

The Montreal Canadiens have signed centre Nick Suzuki to an eight-year, $63-million US contract extension.

The deal will pay Suzuki an average annual salary of $7.875 million.

Suzuki, 22, led the Canadiens in playoff scoring last season with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 22 games to help the team reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time since 1993.

The five-foot-11, 205-pound native of London, Ont., had 15 goals and 41 points in 56 regular-season games.

Suzuki has 28 goals and 54 assists in 127 career NHL regular-season games and 11 goals and 23 points in 32 playoff games.

Montreal acquired Suzuki, Tomas Tatar and a 2019 second round pick from Vegas in return for Max Pacioretty on Sept. 10, 2018.

He was drafted 13th overall by the Golden Knights in 2017.

“We are very happy to secure Nick’s services for the next eight seasons,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement.

CBC

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