Done Deal: Devils Bring Back RFA With Massive Extension

After giving up a huge haul to acquire him at the trade deadline, the New Jersey Devils were not going to mess around with restricted free agency for star forward Timo Meier. Today, they got an extension done, and it is a massive one.

Per NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun, Meier has agreed to an 8-year deal with the Devils worth $70.4M — an $8.8M AAV. For a player with three 30+ goal seasons in seven NHL campaigns, some would even call that a bargain. 

The contract, according to New Jersey sources, is front-loaded with large signing bonuses.

The Devils now have $9.3M in cap space with 17 players on the roster. 

Confirming the 26-year-old's return gives the Devils an imposing top-6 going into next season. 

Meier, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, potted nine goals in 21 games after coming over in the deadline deal from the San Jose Sharks and finished with his first 40-goal season, and 66 points in 78 games. 

New Jersey gave up Fabian Zetterlund, Andreas Johnsson, Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotiuk as part of the deal to acquire Meier along with Scott Harrington, Timur Ibragimov, Zachary Emond and Santeri Hatakaa, while also sending a conditional first-round pick to the Sharks in tonight's Draft, and a second- and seventh-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. 

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