Restricted free agent Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year, $6.4 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Speculation was that Nurse’s side believed the player was worth in excess of $5 million per season on a long-term deal and as much as $4 million on a short-term contract. That is why this deal took longer than it should have. Nurse has missed the start of training camp during his negotiations.
Thanks to the Josh Morrissey contract out of Winnipeg, a realistic market value was set. 3.2 million on a bridge-deal is exactly what a Darnell deal should look like. He played all 82 games last season for the first time since he entered the NHL on a regular basis in 2015-16. He posted 26 points in 2017-18 while ranking second on the club behind only Oscar Klefbom in average time on ice at 22:15.
Nurse proved he is a capable top-four defenseman last season. However, the 23-year-old still has some growing to do in his game. That is why everyone should be happy with this type of deal. The important this is Darnell Nurse will be in the lineup to start the season.