Nate Schmidt signed a six-year, $ 35,700,000 contract extension with Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday. It has an average annual…
Nate Schmidt signed a six-year, $ 35,700,000 contract extension with Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $ 5.95 million.
The contract begins next season and runs through 2024-25. The 27-year-old defender’s payroll debit this season is $ 2,225 million after signing a two-year arbitrator, $ 4.45 million contract on August 5, 2017.
“Nate has proved to be a pretty good defender for us , says general manager George McPhee. “There is still a lot of room for growth for Nate. He is the kind of defender who seeks every team in this league. He has become a suspension defender for us. “
Schmidt was terminated without pay for the first 20 season games on September 2 to violate the terms of the NHL / NHL Players Association. He is entitled to return on November 1
8th at Edmonton Oilers.
“It was completely shocking to be informed that I tested positive for a microscopic amount of a contaminated substance,” he said in a statement. “I support that I will miss these games, but I do not agree with the suspension and I do not accept that I have a strong performance-enhancing program in place for our sport. noticed a cheater. “
Schmidt was elected by Golden Knights from Washington Capitals in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He helped Vegas reach the Stanley Cup final in his first season and lost to Washington in five matches.
” Complaining him was not he was a good defender, “said McPhee.” When they parade with [Brayden] McNabb, they have a good job to eat a lot and play against other team’s best guys. “
Schmidt had 36 points (five goals, 31 assistants ) and a plus 19 score in 76 games last season, then scored seven points (three goals, four assists) and a plus-7 score in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has 79 points (13 goals, 66 assists) in 276 games for Capitals and Golden Knights.
NHL.com correspondent Danny Webster contributed to this report.