Back-to-back Stanley Cup-champion Blake Coleman was among the other top free agents to sign in the opening minutes of free agency, getting $29.4 million over six years from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
His old team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, was expected to make minor moves in free agency with limited salary-cap space.
Coleman's trade from the Devils to the Lightning in February 2020 couldn't have gone better for Tampa Bay or the gritty forward.
Coming off a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1.8 million, Coleman was due for a raise after getting 14 goals and 31 points in 55 regular-season games last season. He also added 11 points in 23 playoff games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.