NHL News of the Day: Ottawa re-signs Josh Norris to an 8-year contract

 | July 15, 2022


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Ondrej Palat leaves the Tampa Bay Lightning to join the New Jersey Devils

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The offseason for the NHL continues to ramp up as teams resign players and acquire new ones. One of the most notable contract moves of the day came from the Senators.

The Ottawa Senators will bring back Josh Norris on an 8-year $63.6m contract. Norris, 23, led the Senators' goal scorers last season with 35 goals while also posting 20 assists.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion commented: “We're very pleased to come to a long-term agreement with Josh. He's a versatile forward who continues to mature into an exceptional NHL player. His scoring prowess has already shown to be a considerable asset for us and one that will help us reach the next level.”

Norris was originally a first-round pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2017 but was traded to the Senators in September 2018.

After making his NHL debut in February 2020, Norris leads all Senators skaters in goals (52), game-winners (10) and power-play points (37).

The New Jersey Devils also added another player to its roster, Ondrej Palat, who left the Tampa Bay Lightning. He signed a five-year $30m deal with the team, averaging $6m per year.

Palat, 31, played his entire 10-year career with the Lightning, scoring 143 goals and 280 assists in 628 games. His postseason prowess is something the Devils likely looked over. Palat had 31 points in 48 games during the Lightning's back-to-back Stanley Cup wins.

The Devils have made the playoffs once in the past 10 years and have missed it since 2018. With Palat bringing his veteran knowledge to a young group, this could be a great chance for them.

There are only three forwards over age 30 on the current Devils roster, Palat is one of them.

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