Nick Leddy gets 7-year extension from Islanders

The New York Islanders have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with defenceman Nick Leddy, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is reportedly worth an average of $5.5 million per season.

Young defenceman to make $5.5M per year

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders sends the puck in against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on November 24, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with young defenceman Nick Leddy, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial details weren't disclosed, but multiple reports said Leddy will make $38.5 million US — an average of $5.5 million per season. His current two-year, $5.4-million contract expires at season's end.

The 23-year-old, who's already in his fifth NHL season, is now tied to the Islanders through the 2021-22 season.

“Nick has proven to be an elite defenceman in this league at a young age,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a press release. “He’s the type of player on the ice, in the locker room and in the community that we’re thrilled to add as a cornerstone of our defensive core.”

Leddy has been credited with helping the Islanders, who missed the playoffs last year, to one of the NHL's best records since arriving in a trade with Chicago just days before the start of the season.

In 61 games with New York, he has 25 points (eight goals) and a plus-12 rating.

“We have something special in this locker room and I’m excited to be a part of it for seven more years,” Leddy said in the same release.

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