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Longtime Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is back with the team on a $24.4 million extension. (Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Biggest NHL Contracts of the 2022 Offseason

From Malkin and Forsberg’s extensions to the loudest NHL free agency moves, Boardroom rounds up the biggest bags of cash changing hands in hockey this summer.

The Colorado Avalanche did the business. They stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning’s bid for a three-peat, and for the next year, the Stanley Cup is theirs — but as soon as they hoisted the thing high on the night of June 26, so began the race to knock them off their perch next year.

Welcome to the 2022 NHL offseason, one in which teams near and far are already splashing the cash on both contract extensions and free agents in hopes of beating the Avs at their own game.

With that in mind, let’s round up the biggest NHL contracts signed by hockey’s biggest stars this offseason, from Evgeni Malkin’s triumphant re-up with the Penguins to super-long-term extensions for Kevin Fiala to a free agency blockbuster for Johnny Gaudreau.

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Biggest Contracts of the 2022 NHL Offseason

All dollar figures via Spotrac.

1. Blue Jackets LW Johnny Gaudreau: $68,250,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 7
  • Free agency: 2029
t-2. Predators C Filip Forsberg: $68,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 8
  • Free agency: 2031
t-2. Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev: $68,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 8
  • Free agency: 2031
4. Kings LW Kevin Fiala: $55,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 7
  • Free agency: 2030
5. Lightning C Anthony Cirelli: $50,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 8
  • Free agency: 2029
6. Avalanche RW Valeri Nichushkin: $49,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 8
  • Free agency: 2031
7. Lightning D Erik Cernak: $41,600,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 8
  • Free agency: 2031
8. Rangers C Vincent Trochek: $39,375,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 7
  • Free agency: 2029
9. Penguins D Kris Letang: $36,600,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 5
  • Free agency: 2027
10. Penguins RW Bryan Rust: $30,750,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 6
  • Free agency: 2029
t-11. Devils LW Ondrej Palat: $30,000,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 5
  • Free agency:
t-11. Penguins C Richard Rakell: $30,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 6
  • Free agency: 2029
13. Kraken LW Andre Burakovsky: $27,500,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 5
  • Free agency: 2028
14. Capitals G Darcy Kuemper: $26,250,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 5
  • Free agency: 2028
15. Ducks C Ryan Strome: $25,000,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 5
  • Free agency: 2027
16. Penguins C Evgeni Malkin: $24,400,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2027
17. Lightning C Nicholas Paul: $22,050,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 7
  • Free agency: 2030
18. Kings LW Adrian Kempe: $22,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2027
19. Oilers LW Evander Kane: $20,500,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2027
20. Canucks RW Brock Boeser: $19,950,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 3
  • Free agency: 2026
t-21. Canucks LW Ilya Mikheyev: $19,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 3
  • Free agency: 2027
t-21. Red Wings D Ben Chiarot: $19,000,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2027
t-21. Stars LW Mason Marchment: $18,000,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2027
24. Blue Jackets D Erik Gudbrandson: $16,000,000
  • Type: Free agency
  • Years: 4
  • Free agency: 2026
25. Golden Knights RW Reilly Smith: $15,000,000
  • Type: Extension
  • Years: 3
  • Free agency: 2025
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