Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils and forward Jesper Bratt agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension Thursday.
The contract will pay Bratt $63 million, an average annual value of $7.875 million. The soon-to-be 25-year-old is now signed through his age-33 season.
He owns a full no-trade clause in years two through five. In years six through eight, he owns a 15-team no-trade clause.
Bratt will make $10 million in cash in the first year of his new contract. However, his total cash will decrease for each season through 2030-31, ending at a $6 million total salary in the final year of his contract.
Bratt was eligible to sign an extension last summer, however, opted for a shorter term with the hope that he’d receive a higher AAV this summer. After Bratt duplicated his 2021-22 in 2022-23, he earned a raise.
In 2021-22, Bratt scored 26 goals and 73 points. He upped his goal scoring in 2022-23, scoring 32 goals but replicated his 73-point effort. In 12 games during the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bratt tallied one goal and six points in 12 games.
Bratt served as a staple on the Devils’ first line next to captain Nico Hischier.
According to GM Tom Fitzgerald, “It was always a priority to keep Jesper Bratt here long term and both parties are thrilled that a deal was completed. I value and commend the commitment Jesper made to this organization. We believe that he is a special player and a key member of our core group of talent who will contribute towards the team’s long-term success, and organizational goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to New Jersey.”
In the 2016 NHL Draft, New Jersey selected Bratt in the sixth round, 162nd overall. In 389 regular season games, all with New Jersey, Bratt currently totals 102 goals and 174 assists for 276 career points. Bratt owns the most career points among players drafted in the 2016 draft in the second round or later.
The Devils have $26,407,500 left to work with to get Timo Meier and nine other contracts figured out.