Center Matthew Barzal has extended his contract with the New York Islanders by eight years, the team announced on Tuesday. According to ESPN’s Emily KaplanBarzal’s new deal would be worth $73.2 million, with an average annual cost of $9.15 million.
Barzal enters the final year of a three-year, $21 million contract that began in the 2020-21 season. He would be a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 campaign.
“There are two weeks left before the start of the season and hopefully we can come up with something,” said Barzal. told NHL.com last month. “If not, then I’m not really worried about it, because my heart is here and I know that we will get something fair and that both parties will be happy.”
The Islanders’ star center is finishing a season in which he scored 59 (15 assists, 44) points in 73 games. It also marked the fifth consecutive season that Barzal led the Islanders in points.
In six seasons with the franchise, Barzal scored 91 goals and 220 assists while appearing in two All-Star Games.
The 25-year-old was selected 16th overall by the Islanders in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Barzal won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie in 2017/18 with 85 (22 goals assisted by 63) points.
He also joined Hall of Famer Denis Potvin as the only Islanders rookie to lead the team in points and assists. Barzal, who scored 85 points, also became the third-highest Islanders rookie in franchise history, trailing only Brian Trotier (95 points in 1975–76) and Mike Bossy (91 points in 1977–78).