[UPDATE]: The New Jersey Devils have since made it official.
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) September 11, 2017
The New Jersey Devils appear to have locked up one of the team’s young defenseman for the longterm, according to a Monday morning report from Bob McKenzie of TSN. McKenzie is reporting that the Devils will be signing restricted free agent defenseman Damon Severson to a new six-year contract worth a total of $25 million.
As a result of the soon-to-be inked pact, the 23-year-old defenseman will earn an average of more than $4 million annually over the course of the next six seasons. It is also worth noting that the longterm contract will include a no-trade clause.
In addition, the aforementioned McKenzie made a point to mention that Severson’s deal is “basically the same one” that the Eastern Conference franchise previously handed to current Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson, who was notably shipped north of the border in exchange for forward Taylor Hall last year.
Year by year for Severson: $2.5M, $3M, $4.675M, $4.675M, $5.050M, $5.1M. Also, typo on tweet with AAV, it's $4.166.7M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 11, 2017
Severson is currently gearing up for his fourth NHL campaign, all of which have come as a member of the Devils. Upping the ante along the way, the young defenseman originally broke into the highest level back in 2014-15 en route to producing 17 points across 51 regular-season appearances. Making another 72 regular-season appearances in 2015-16, he then posted 21 points in what would serve as his second season in New Jersey.
Most recently, and presumably leading to his new six-year deal, Severson tallied a single-season career-high 31 points in 2016-17. Over the course of his 80 regular-season appearances, he recorded three goals alongside 28 assists.