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Zacha signs three-year, $6.75 million contract with Devils

Center gets $2.25 million annually, was restricted free agent

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Pavel Zacha signed a three-year, $6.75 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. It has an average annual value of $2.25 million.

Zacha will receive $1.75 million this season, $2 million next season and $3 million in 2021-22.

"It's great, it's been a long summer and I'm just excited to get it done before camps starts and focus on playing hockey and getting ready for the season," he told the Devils website.

The 22-year-old center, who was a restricted free agent, set an NHL career-high with 13 goals and tied his high with 25 points in 61 games with the Devils last season.

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Selected by New Jersey with the No. 6 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Zacha has 76 points (29 goals, 47 assists) in 201 regular-season games and no points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"We are happy to have finalized this three-year agreement as Pavel is an important part of our team," Devils general manager Ray Shero said. "He has established himself as someone who can play in any situation and we are looking forward to his continued growth as a player."

Zacha said he was impressed with the offseason moves the Devils made, which included selecting center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, trading for defenseman P.K. Subban and signing forward Wayne Simmonds.

"It was really exciting, we've got a lot of skilled players, tough players to play against," Zacha said. "I was just excited to see the direction it's going and to meet all the new guys."

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