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Darnell Nurse ends holdout, signs 2-year deal with Oilers

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse ended his brief holdout and signed a two-year deal worth $6.4 million.

Defenceman's deal worth $3.2 million US a season

Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Darnell Nurse to a two-year contract, ending a lengthy stalemate with one of their top defencemen on Monday.

The agreement with the restricted free agent is worth $3.2 million US per season.

The 23-year-old Nurse led Edmonton blue liners in 2017-18 with six goals and 20 assists in 82 games.

Nurse had said he wouldn't participate in training camp without a new contract.

The two-year "bridge deal" will keep Nurse in Edmonton until the team can free up some cap space and potentially sign him to a contract worth more money or for a longer term.

It's a similar type of deal to the two-year, $6.3-million contract the Winnipeg Jets and defenceman Josh Morrissey agreed to on Sunday.

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