Devils sign defenseman Severson to 6-year, $25M contract

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Damon Severson to a six-year, $25 million contract that will keep him with the team through the 2022-23 season.

Devils General Manager Ray Shero announced the signing on Monday.

The 23-year-old Severson will earn $2.5 million this season and his salary will escalate to $5.1 million in the final year.

Severson set career highs with 28 assists and 31 points in 80 regular-season games last season, leading all New Jersey defensemen in assists and points.

"Damon brings an important dimension to our hockey club and he is a young defenseman that we are excited to work with," Shero said. "This deal shows our ownership's commitment in what we continue to build here."

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