The Arizona Coyotes announced Thursday that they've have re-signed forward Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension.
Though the team wouldn't disclose the financial terms, Craig Morgan from AZSports reported that the deal is worth $4.45 million annually. The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and 37 points in 78 games last season.
"Christian is a highly skilled, reliable, two-way center who continues to improve each season," said GM John Chayka, per the Coyotes website. "He will be a key player for us in the future and we are thrilled to have him for the next seven seasons."
Re-signing Dvorak is the latest big move by Chayka, who gave franchise star defencema Oliver Ekman-Larsson an eight-year extension worth $66 million in July.
Chayka also took on the remaining three years of Marian Hossa's contract, helping out the cap-strapped Chicago Blackhawks in a blockbuster trade. Hossa has maintained he's done playing hockey, so the Coyotes can move him to the long-term IR.
On top of that, the Coyotes swapped struggling prospect Max Domi for Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk, who also needed a change of scenery. The Coyotes also gave speedy forward Michael Grabner a three-year deal worth $10.5 million.
Chayka has done a rather fine job rebuilding this Coyotes team, considering the team's porous ownership issues and questions about the long-term future in Arizona. The club also has limited financial resources, but Chayka has been able to find ways to retain his core players on team-friendly deals.
Dvorak was drafted 58th overall by the Coyotes in 2014. After starring for the OHL's London Knights, Dvorak busted into the pros in 2016-17, totaling 15 goals and 33 points in 78 games.
The Coyotes haven't made the playoffs since 2012, and they've struggled to get out of the Western Conference basement. But with players like Dvorak and Ekman-Larsson under contract long-term now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Coyote fans. This team could turn it around sooner than expected.
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