Friday, October 19, 2018

NHL news: Tuch signs monster deal with Vegas

via Golden Knights twitter

               The Vegas Golden Knights have signed forward Alex Tuch to a seven year extension worth $33.25 million, with a cap hit of $4.75 million.

                This signing definitely comes as a surprise. With just 84 career games under his belt, you'd think he'd get just a bridge deal as an RFA or something more minor. Long term definitely shows that the Knights think he'll be really good. If he is, this could be a steal. Acquired from the Wild in an expansion draft trade, Tuch was the Wild's 18th overall pick in 2014, but could just appear in six scoreless games with them, before he was used to bribe the Golden Knights out of picking Matt Dumba in the expansion draft, instead to pick Erik Haula, who became a key part of the team with 29 goals. Tuch hasn't made his 2018-19 season debut yet due to a lower-body injury, but obviously it only freed up negotiating time.

                Tuch, 22, scored 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 78 games for the Wild last year. He's scored those 37 points in 84 career games between the Golden Knights and Wild.

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