Nugent-Hopkins signs eight-year, $41 million contract to stay with Oilers

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed an eight-year, $41 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. It has an average annual value of $5.125 million.

The 28-year-old forward scored 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 52 regular-season games for the Oilers, and two points (one goal, one assist) in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. He could have been an unrestricted free agent July 28.

After the Oilers were swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup First Round, Nugent-Hopkins said he wanted remain with Edmonton.

“I love being an Oiler, I always have,” he said May 25. “My goal has been to stay an Oiler. … I’ve said it from Day One, I love being an Oiler and it’s something I’ve taken a lot of pride in over the last 10 years.”

The No. 1 pick by Edmonton in the 2011 NHL Draft, Nugent-Hopkins has scored 478 points (185 goals, 293 assists) in 656 regular-season games, and 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 21 playoff games. He’s scored at least 22 goals four times in his 10 NHL seasons.

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