By Dan Gartland | Published Feb 01, 2018 11:08:53New York Rangers forward David Clarkson and Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger join the New York Rangers, the NHL and the NHLPA to sign a new five-year contract that includes a player option for the 2021-22 season.
Clarkson and Sullerson signed the new agreement on Friday, signing a three-year, $5 million contract, while also agreeing to the terms of a five-and-a-half-year extension through 2021.
Clarkson, who is the reigning Hart Trophy winner with the Rangers, and Sully will be the first players in NHL history to sign their new deals in the summer.
Sully was originally selected by the Rangers in the fifth round (122nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Clarkson was taken by the Boston Bruins with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry draft.
The former No. 2 overall pick is in his fourth NHL season and first since the 2011-12 season.
The contract is for five years with an option for an additional five years.
It will pay Clarkson $5.5 million per season and SULLINGER $3.75 million, a total of $16.5.2 million in total compensation for the two players, according to an NHLPA release.
Clarkson will make $2.535 million, Sully $2 million.
Clarkson also has an option to receive $2,500 per game and Sweeny $1,000 per game, per NHLPA president Donald Fehr.
The signing of Clarkson and the two-time Stanley Cup champion Sully, who will earn $2 billion in salary for his first five seasons, gives the NHL the largest single-year salary commitment in the league.
Clarkson’s deal, which was announced earlier this week, also includes a $4.1 million signing bonus.
The two-way contract also includes an option in 2021 for Clarkson to receive an additional $3 million in salary in the form of a salary cap hit, per the NHL.
The $5-million deal also includes the option for Sully to receive up to $5,000 in the first two seasons of the contract.
The Rangers and Bruins signed similar deals last year.
Sullinger was selected by Boston in the sixth round (154th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Season.
The Boston Bruins acquired him in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings.
He made his NHL debut with the Bruins on Oct. 29, 2011, scoring his first career NHL goal in a 6-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.SULLINGINGER, 26, will join his new teammates for the next five seasons after spending the previous three seasons in the KHL with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League.
He has played for four different teams during that time.
He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017-18, the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19, the Anaheim Ducks in 2019-20, and the New Jersey Devils in 2020-21.
The Bruins acquired Sully in a draft-day trade with Philadelphia on March 12, 2021.
The 6-2, 215-pound center made his professional debut with Lokomspor on Oct.
“Sullings salary was first reported by NHL.com on Friday.