A $30-million-plus contract for New Jersey’s Devils may have been the biggest news of the NHL’s salary cap year.
But it wasn’t the only one.
A pair of other big contracts also were announced this week.
A $70 million contract for defenceman Victor Hedman and an $86 million contract on forward Dustin Brown have been revealed by the NHLPA.
A second contract for centre Victor Hedson and a third for winger Henrik Lundqvist was revealed by NHLPA president David Poile.
The NHLPA said Wednesday that it had secured a new deal for Hedman, who will be in New Jersey for his 15th season.
“Victor Hedman’s new contract with the New York Islanders extends his career-best 14-year, $84-million contract,” the NHL said in a release.
“His deal with the Islanders is the first-ever for a forward in the National Hockey League.”
The deal is worth an average annual value of $9.9 million, plus an annual cap hit of $6.5 million.
Hedman is the highest-paid New York-born player since the salary cap was introduced in 1984.
In addition to his NHL-record deal, Hedman will also receive an additional $3 million for winning a Stanley Cup in his 12th season with the team.
“Hedson is a proven and proven leader who continues to lead by example and lead by his example,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in the release.
“It is a great day for hockey fans across New York and across the league.”
Lundqvist, the Devils’ leading scorer with 23 goals and 45 points in 55 games this season, was also confirmed to be a free agent on Thursday.
The 33-year-old Lundqvists salary cap hit will increase to $74 million next season.