The Anaheim Ducks and forward Trevor Zegras ended their contract standoff on Monday by agreeing to a three-year, $17.25 million extension.
Zegras was a restricted free agent after playing out his entry-level contract. He played 81 games in the 2022-23 NHL season, contributing with 23 goals and a team-high 65 points.
Zegras missed the start of the training camp as he awaited for his representatives to work out a deal with the Ducks. The two sides needed a long time to get on the same page and agree to what looks like a mutually beneficial deal.
The Ducks avoided taking a substantial risk with a shorter contract than Zegras asked for. The player, on the other hand, gets some stability while also having an opportunity to land an even bigger deal sooner than later if he continues to elevate his game.
“We are very pleased to be able to get Trevor signed and back on the ice where he belongs,” said Ducks’ general manager Pat Verbeek in a statement. “We view Trevor as a critical and valued player and member of our organization and can’t wait to see the next chapter in his career.”
Trevor Zegras was a Calder Trophy finalist after finishing the 2021–22, his first full season in the NHL, with 61 points. So far, he played 180 games with the Ducks, scoring 49 goals and dishing 90 assists for a total of 139 points.