September 4, 2019 | 12:59pm ET
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KELLER AGREES TO 8-YEAR EXTENSION WITH COYOTES

 
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Clayton Keller, right wing

 

The Arizona Coyotes have locked up star forward Clayton Keller to an eight-year, $57.2 million contract, TFP has confirmed.

Keller, 21, is in the final-year of his three-year, entry-level contract that expires at the end of June 2020.

His new deal includes a full no-trade clause during the 2024-25 and 2025-26 seasons, and a no-movement clause in the 2026-27 and 2027-28 seasons.

“Clayton is elite in every sense of the word,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka. “He is not only an All-Star and one of the premiere offensive playmakers in the league, but he is equally special as a person with his drive and determination to be great.

“We are thankful to Clayton for believing in our future and look forward to him playing a vital role on this team for many years to come. We are also very appreciative of Mr. Meruelo’s willingness to invest in our future and solidify one of our core players here in Arizona for a long time.”

Keller registered 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points in 82 games with the Coyotes last season, and became the youngest player in Coyotes history to play in an All-Star game.

“This is a truly special day for my family and I,” Keller said. “I love everything about being a Coyote. My teammates are great. We have a great coaching staff. Everything about this organization is on the right track and I know we have an opportunity to do some special things here for a long time. Arizona is where I want to be and I’m proud to commit to the Coyotes long term. I’m thankful to the organization for believing in me and believing in what we can accomplish moving forward.”

In 167 career NHL regular-season games, to date, Keller has accumulated 37 goals and 77 assists for 114 points. He was drafted seventh-overall by the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Draft.