Breaking: Stone finally signs monster deal with Vegas!

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The Vegas Golden Knights have officially signed forward  Mark Stone  to an eight year extension worth $9.5-million annually, the team announced on Friday.

Stone was acquired by the Golden Knights at the 2019 trade deadline, heading to Vegas along with Tobias Lindberg from Ottawa in exchange for Erik Brannstrom, Oscar Lindberg, and a 2020 second-round pick.

At the deadline, Stone had confirmed that he had agreed to a contract with Vegas, however, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported that the team needed to wait a few days after the trade for cap reasons. 

Don Brennan of Postmedia reported last Thursday that the contract was expected to include a full no-movement clause. Brennan added that “there's talk” the Senators didn’t offer a full no-move clause to Stone in their negotiations, which might have prompted his desire to leave. Stone will earn $12.5 million more on the $76 million deal playing in Nevada than he would have playing in Ottawa due to taxes.

The 26-year-old winger has played five games with his new club so far, posting two assists in that span. He collected 28 goals and 62 points through 59 games for the Senators this season as well, after finishing the 2017-18 campaign with 28 goals and 64 points through 64 games.