Golden Knights sign Nicolas Hague to three-year contract

February 9, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague (14) skates during the warm-up against the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski – USA TODAY Sports

One of the last dominoes in the restricted free agent pool has finally fallen.

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed defenseman Nicolas Hague to a three-year contract worth $2,294,150 per season.

The Hague will be one year away from being eligible for UFA status when his contract expires.

Hague, 23, is a strong two-way defenseman with 30 points in 142 games over three seasons. Hague was instrumental in the Chicago Wolves’ run to the 2019 Calder Cup final before becoming a full-time member of the Vegas blue core.

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Hague will likely be in the third Vegas duo with Zach Whitecloud. Hague averaged 18:40 of ice time a year ago, breaking his previous record of 16:05 as a rookie.

The Hague missed 30 games last year due to a lower body problem. He hasn’t enjoyed success in the NHL, the three-year deal shows the team is ready to work with the young defenseman.

The Golden Knights entered the summer with one of the tightest cap situations. General manager Kelly McCrimmon moved Max Pacioretty to Carolina for future consideration and has Robin Lehner, Shea Weber and Nolan Patrick on long-term injured reserve to receive relief. Laurent Brossoit also missed training camp with hip surgery with no schedule for his return, so adding him to the LTIR would help free up even more space.

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