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Canadiens Sign Nick Suzuki to 8-Year Extension

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Nick Suzuki to an eight-year extension.

The Montreal Canadiens were able to lock in a huge piece of their core on Tuesday, signing Nick Suzuki to an eight-year, $63 million contract with an AAV of $7.875 million.

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Suzuki, 22, has played in two NHL seasons to this point and has taken massive strides in each. In his rookie campaign, he recorded an impressive 13 goals and 41 points in 71 games. He then really impressed in the playoff bubble that same year with four goals and seven points in 10 contests. He followed up the great rookie year with an even better sophomore season, posting 15 goals and 41 points in 56 games. Once again, he was money come playoffs, as he put up a team-leading seven goals and 16 points in 22 games.

Suzuki was the main prize the Habs received when they traded Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights, and while prospects are always a question mark, it is safe to say he has panned out as hoped. Taken 13th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, it was always evident he had a high skill level, and he has been able to showcase that skill at the NHL level.

Despite being nowhere near his ceiling yet as a player, there is still talk that Suzuki may be able to earn a spot on Team Canada at the 2022 Winter Olympics, further proving how highly thought of he is in the hockey community. Getting him locked in under $8 million per season is great work by general manager Marc Bergevin, and has a chance to become a massive bargain in a few short years.

Nick Suzuki signs Canadiens
Nick Suzuki signs Canadiens

The Habs will need Suzuki to continue his upward trajectory this season, as he is penciled in as the team’s number one centerman. With the recent news that they will be without Carey Price for an extended period of time, they will need Suzuki to really step up if they have any hopes of getting back to the playoffs. It will be a much tougher go for them in 2021-22 than it was a season prior given that the divisions have shifted back to normal, but this Habs roster has proven themselves to be a resilient squad in the past. It will be interesting to see how they are able to fare this season.

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