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Canadiens give Caufield eight-year, $62.8million extension

By Sports Desk June 05, 2023

The Montreal Canadiens are showing plenty of faith in one of their youngest players, signing the 22-year-old Cole Caufield to an eight-year, $62.8million extension.

The deal, which was announced Monday, will pay the left wing an average salary of $7.85million a year through the 2030-31 season.

After leading the Canadiens with 23 goals in 2021-22, Caufield was tied with captain Nick Suzuki for the team lead in goals in 2022-23 with 26 despite missing nearly half the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

At the time of his injury through 46 games played, Caufield's goal total was tied for 11th in the NHL.

 

 

 

The 15th overall pick of the 2019 draft, Caufield also notched 10 assists before his season-ending surgery and has 53 goals and 84 points in 123 career games.

Among all players selected in the 2019 draft, his goal total trails only the 87 by New Jersey Devils centre Jack Hughes, who was picked first overall.

Prior to joining the Canadiens, Caufield won the Hobey Baker Award in 2020-21 – the trophy given annually to the top NCAA men’s hockey player – while playing for the University of Wisconsin.

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