As he juggles three possible arbitration hearings, New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald took the time to negotiate a five-year, $17 million contract extension with the defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler.
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The club announced the whole thing on Tuesday. This new agreement will come into effect for the 2023-2024 season since Siegenthaler still has a year to go on his current pact.
Aged 25, Siegenthaler was playing his first full campaign with the Devils in 2021-2022. He had one goal and 17 points in 71 games. He stood out by finishing first in the club in guards with 98 hits and second in blocked shots with 106.
In his career with the Devils and the Washington Capitals, the Swiss totaled three goals and 27 points in 175 games.
Fitzgerald will now have to continue discussions with forwards Jesper Bratt, Miles Wood and Tyce Thompson or the three restricted free agents will go before a referee on Aug. 3, 6 and 11 respectively.