NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils acquired left wing Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights and signed him to a two-year contract with an average annual salary of $4.5 million.
Nikita Gusev of the Olympic Athletes from Russia tries to control the puck in the third period against Slovaki during the Men’s Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre on Feb. 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Devils sent a 2020 third-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round pick to Vegas in the deal announced Monday.
The 27-year-old Gusev has spent his entire professional career in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. He is a four-time KHL All-Star who had 17 goals and 65 assists for SKA St. Petersburg in 2018-19.
Gusev has 119 goals and 213 assists in 391 career games.
The Golden Knights acquired Gusev from Tampa Bay during the 2017 expansion draft for a pair of draft picks. He joined Vegas for the 2019 playoffs, but did not play.
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