Devils and Will Butcher strike three-year deal to avoid arbitration

The Devils have made some impact acquisitions this offseason, and on Wednesday they took care of one of their own.

They avoided arbitration with defenseman Will Butcher by re-signing him to a three-year, $11.2 million deal.

The 24-year-old Butcher, whom the Devils signed as a free agent out of college two years ago, posted five goals and 39 assists for 44 points in 81 games as a rookie in 2017-18 and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. Last season, Butcher finished with four goals and 26 assists for 30 points in 78 games.

New Jersey’s big offseason makes it a team to keep an eye on for the coming season. The Devils drafted Jack Hughes No. 1 overall, acquired P.K. Subban and Nikita Gusev in trades and signed Wayne Simmonds.

They still have roughly $8.7 million in cap space left for 2019-20, and their next task is striking a long-term deal with former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall, who has one year left on his contract.