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Josh Tupper
July 8, 2024  (7:06 PM)
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Utah Hockey Club Secures Barrett Hayton with Two-Year Contract Extension

The Utah Hockey Club has solidified a key part of their roster by signing forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract worth $5.3 million, equating to a $2.65 million cap hit. The announcement was made on Monday afternoon by General Manager Bill Armstrong, who expressed confidence in Hayton's abilities and potential contributions to the team.
"We are very pleased to sign Barrett to an extension," said Bill Armstrong, general manager of Utah Hockey Club. "Barrett is a reliable two-way center who is strong in the face-off circle and is a great complement down the middle to our high-skilled forwards. We look forward to having him back with our organization."

Hayton, a restricted free agent, faced uncertainty leading up to the final weekend of June regarding whether he would receive a qualifying offer before the 5 pm ET deadline on June 30. His 2023-24 season was marred by an upper-body injury that sidelined him for three months, followed by another injury in March that ended his season prematurely. These setbacks have contributed to Hayton falling short of the expectations that come with being a 5th overall pick. Despite this, the Utah Hockey Club remains committed to his development, and the upcoming two seasons will be crucial for his future with the team.
In the previous season, the Peterborough, Ontario native played 33 games, recording ten points (three goals, seven assists), accumulating 26 penalty minutes, and finishing with a minus-13 rating. The team believes that Hayton can rebound and prove his worth as a reliable two-way centerman, particularly noted for his strength in the face-off circle.
Hayton's new contract underscores the organization's faith in his potential to become a cornerstone player, and his performance in the next couple of seasons will be pivotal in determining his long-term role with the Utah Hockey Club.
Source: Blade of Steel
Utah HC signs former 5th overall pick to multi-year contract
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