Darnell Nurse signed an eight-year, $74 million contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday that begins next season. It has an average annual value of $9.25 million.
The 26-year-old defenseman has one season remaining on a two-year contract he signed with Edmonton on Feb. 10, 2020.
Nurse scored 36 points, including an NHL career-high 16 goals, in 56 games with the Oilers last season. He led Edmonton in average time on ice (25:38) and penalty minutes (57), was tied for seventh in the NHL with a plus-27 rating, and was one of seven players in the League with at least 100 blocked shots (100) and hits (117).
Nurse had one assist in four games in the Stanley Cup Playoff, when the Oilers were swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup First Round.
Selected by Edmonton with the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Nurse has scored 157 points (45 goals, 112 assists) in 406 regular-season games, and has five assists in 21 playoff games.
It is the second eight-year contract an Oilers player has signed this offseason. Forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed an eight-year, $41 million contract extension ($5.125 million AAV) on June 29.
Edmonton also signed goalie Mike Smith (two years), forwards Zach Hyman (seven years), Warren Foegele (three years), Devin Shore (two years) and Derek Ryan (two years), and defensemen Tyson Barrie (three years) and Cody Ceci (four years) this offseason.