Devils sign Zacha to 3-year, $6.75M contract
- The New Jersey Devils have come to terms with restricted free-agent forward Pavel Zacha on a three-year, $6.75-million deal.
“We are happy to have finalized this three-year agreement as Pavel is an important part of our team,” said Shero. “He has established himself as someone who can play in any situation and we are looking forward to his continued growth as a player.”
- The contract runs through the 2021-22 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $2,250,000 ($6.75 million total).
- The breakdown is as follows: 2019-20, $1,750,000; 2020-21, $2,000,000; 2021-22, $3,000,000. He will be a restricted free agent following the 2021-22 season.
- Yesterday, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said he was still attempting to sign centre Pavel Zacha amid concerns the former first-round draft pick will play in the Kontinental Hockey League this season.
- Peppering his comments with profanities, Shero told The Associated Press on Monday that he doesn’t care if Zacha signs with the KHL or with Brampton, an ECHL team.
- Shero says the Devils still retain the restricted free agent’s rights after issuing him a qualifying offer this summer, and he hopes to get a deal completed with training camp opening this week.
“I don’t give a fuck if he signs with the KHL or if he signs with fucking Brampton. I don’t give a fuck where. We hold his rights.”
- Shero said he’s unaware if Zacha has signed with a KHL team, though he adds that possibility was raised by the player’s agent during a recent conversation.
- Playing in the KHL is “not the advice I would give him,” and adds “it’s a long way back to the NHL” if Zacha goes that route.
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