Golden Knights, Keegan Kolesar avoid arbitration, agree to three-year, $4.2M deal

Vegas Golden Knights Keegan Kolesar tries to score on New York Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Las Vegas (Rick Scuteri/AP).

The Vegas Golden Knights and Keegan Kolesar avoided their arbitration hearing scheduled for next week, settling on a three-year deal, worth $4.2 million ($1.4 million AAV) on Friday.

In 77 games with the Golden Knights during the 2021-2022 season, the 25-year-old forward collected seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points, all career highs. His 246 hits were 10th among all NHL skaters.

Originally selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (69th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Kolesar made his league debut with the Golden Knights on Jan. 11, 2020.

While he spent the remainder of that season with the team's AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, Kolesar earned himself a permanent spot on Vegas' roster by the 2020-2021 season.

Avoiding arbitration allowed for Kolesar to sign for three years, rather than the one- or two-year deal the hearing would have awarded.

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