Ryan Nugent-Hopkins inks new Oilers deal

The Edmonton Oilers have inked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year, $42 million deal. (REUTERS)

The Edmonton Oilers have inked Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year, $42 million deal. (REUTERS)

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Taylor Hall, check.

Jordan Eberle, check.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, check.

Yep, Nugent-Hopkins has been locked up long term, just like the Edmonton Oilersí other two building-block forwards.

The Oilers agreed to terms Thursday with Nugent-Hopkins on a seven-year, $42 million deal that works out to an average of $6 million per season. The Oilers signed Hall (seven years, $42 million) and Eberle (six year, $36 million) to long-term extensions last summer.

Nugent-Hopkins, 20, still has a year left on his entry-level contract before the new deal kicks in. He had four goals and 20 assists in 40 games with the Oilers last season, his second in the NHL.

The Oilers have another year before they need to start thinking about a new deal with Nail Yakupov, the fourth member of their Fab Four. And young defenceman Justin Schultzís contract expires after the 2013-14 season, giving the Oilers something else to think about.


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