Devils re-sign restricted free agent Nick Merkley

Nick Merkley with Panthers uniform
Nick Merkley with Panthers uniform

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Nick Merkley to a one-year, two-way contract.

General manager Tom Fitzgerald said Wednesday the 23-year-old Merkley would earn $874,125 annually at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Merkley is currently playing for Ässät in Liiga (Finland), for whom he has two goals and two assists in seven games. He will rejoin the Devils before the start of 2020-21 training camp.

The Devils acquired the right wing in December from Arizona as part of the multiplayer deal that sent Taylor Hall to the Coyotes. He had a goal and an assist in four games with New Jersey but spent most of the season at Binghamton (AHL). He was Arizona’s first-round selection, 30th overall, in the 2015 NHL draft.