On Tuesday, The Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced that the team has signed defenseman Jon Merrill to a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season worth an annual average value of $1.375 million.
This deal comes just one day after the team's contract extension of Deryk Engelland to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million.
Merrill is the seventh player under contract for the Golden Knights through the 2019-20 season. So far, the team has allocated $26.5 million against its salary cap, the cap limit is $75 million.
Currently, Merrill has two points, one goal, and one assist, with eight penalty minutes in 14 games. He snagged the game-winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 14. He has also blocked 18 shots and has a positive plus-minus for the first time in his career.
“I was extremely excited for the opportunity to stay here and be a part of this great organization for a couple more years,” Merrill said. “I really had no expectations when I was selected ... but (owner) Bill Foley and (general manager) George McPhee made it a point from the very beginning in training camp to make it a fun, hard-working environment,” said Merrill according to an article by the Las Vegas Sun.
Background on Merrill
Merrill was selected by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft on June 21 from the New Jersey Devils. He was selected by the Devils in the 2nd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Merrill has played five seasons in the NHL, recording 38 points, seven goals, and 31 assists, with 96 penalty minutes in 230 games between the Devils and the Golden Knights. Four of his goals have been game-winners.
He has missed the last three games with the Golden Knights due to being placed on the injured reserve list with an undisclosed injury on January 5 and is not with the team on their current four-game road trip.