The Edmonton Oilers were rumored to be close on a deal with defenseman Darnell Nurse and on Sunday, they inked the blueliner to a two-year bridge deal worth $5.6 million per season according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

It took a day but the Oilers eventually confirmed the signing.

A hefty raise but also a team-friendly deal, this contract will walk Nurse to unrestricted free agency but the Oilers had little choice. Their salary cap issues over the next two seasons made it impossible to give him a long-term extension at this juncture. At the end of two seasons, he can sign with any team, and that poses a bit of a risk but the feeling is that Nurse is not interested in leaving the Oilers so the franchise was willing to take the gamble. Edmonton can sign Nurse as early as 2021 with the intention of keeping him for another eight seasons should he earn himself another raise.

Nurse has four goals and 24 points in 55 games while averaging 22:45 of ice time per game this season.

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