Edmonton Oilers sign Darnell Nurse to $3.2M deal

Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams (14) chases Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) during first period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Edmonton Oilers have come to an agreement with restricted free agent Darnell Nurse on a new deal.

The 23-year-old defenceman has inked a two year contract worth $3.2 million per season.

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Nurse played in all 82 games for the Oilers last season. He recorded 26 points, six goals and was +15. The numbers were all career highs for the young blueliner, but the Oilers were never a factor in the playoff race.

“I think we’re reminded every day of how last year went,” he said. “We definitely want to have a big step this year. We want to have a big step as a team.

“It’s exciting for me to get back on the ice and I know we’re capable of a lot better than last year.”

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Nurse said he wouldn’t participate in training camp without a new contact. He flew back to Toronto Wednesday night on the eve of camp.

“It was a matter of time,” Nurse said. “At first, I thought it would be done before camp, and then once camp started, it probably went a little faster. I was losing my mind a little bit sitting at home and not being on the ice.”

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The new deal is viewed as a “bridge contact” to a longer, more lucrative deal.

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The Oilers started training camp last week and will be play their first pre-season game Monday night against the Calgary Flames.

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Coverage of the game starts live on 630 CHED at 5:30 p.m.

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