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NHL Devils sign Ondrej Palat to 5-year, $30M contract

Free-agent forward Ondrej Palat, who won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning, signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

The Lightning selected Palat in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 628 regular-season games for Tampa Bay, the Czech Republic native tallied 143 goals and 280 assists.

The 31-year-old also appeared in 138 playoff games for the Lightning, registering 94 points (48 goals, 46 assists). He has 12 career game-winning goals in the playoffs.

The Devils are looking for a return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2018, when they lost in the first round. That was their only playoff appearance in the past 10 seasons.

On Wednesday, the Devils traded forward Pavel Zacha to the Boston Bruins and acquired forward Erik Haula.

–Field Level Media

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