Vegas Golden Knights agree to 8-year contract with star William Karlsson

The Vegas Golden Knights and forward William Karlsson agreed to an eight-year contract Monday.

Karlsson, 26, could have become a restricted free agent next month, but instead decided on a deal that is worth an average annual value of $5.9 million, the team said.

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Karlsson recorded 56 points, including 24 goals, in 82 games with Vegas last season. He has played all 82 games in back-to-back seasons with the Golden Knights.

He’s also the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer with 67 over the last two seasons.

Karlsson reacted to the signing in a video posted on Twitter.

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Vegas selected Karlsson in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He had previously played for the Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets before joining Vegas.