The Seattle Kraken have signed restricted free agent defender Vince Dunn to a four-year contract extension, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Friday afternoon.
According to Friedman, Dunn’s new contract with the Kraken carries an annual cap of $7.35 million. The 26-year-old defender was due to attend a salary arbitration hearing on July 24.
Dunn had 14 goals and 64 points averaging 23:40 of ice time in 81 games with the Kraken during the 2022-23 regular season. He added seven points (one goal, six assists) in seven games in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
CapFriendly shared a more detailed look at Dunn’s new contract with the Kraken later Friday. The left-handed defenseman will receive $9 million in 2023–24, $8 million in 2024–25, $7 million in 2025–26, and $5.4 million in 2026–27.
Dunn’s contract covers three years of unrestricted free agency eligibility and also includes a full no-trade clause in 2024-25 and a 16-team no-trade clause in 2025-26 and 2026-27.
Dunn began his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues in 2017 after being selected by the club in the second round (56 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Mississauga, Ont., player spent his first four NHL seasons with the Blues, collecting 102 points in 267 games and winning the Stanley Cup in 2019.
The Blues left Dunn exposed in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, choosing instead to protect Colton Parayko, Torey Krug and Justin Faulk on defense. The Kraken made Dunn their selection from St. Louis and quickly elevated him to their top four.
After scoring seven goals and 35 points in his rookie year in Seattle, Dunn doubled his goals tally and nearly doubled his scoring tally in 2022-23 as the Kraken shocked the hockey world with their first-ever playoff berth. Dunn averaged 23:10 of ice time in 14 playoff games as Seattle upset the Colorado Avalanche before losing to the Dallas Stars in the second round.
Dunn was Seattle’s last restricted free agent to sign this summer. According to CapFriendly, the Kraken have just $943,424 of projected space under the $83.5 million salary cap with a full roster of 23 men.