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Golden Knights star James Neal reaches 5-year deal with Calgary

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and Vegas Golden Knights left wing James Neal (18) celebrate after Game 1 of their NHL hockey second-round playoff game against the San Jose Sharks Thursday, April 26, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won the game 7-0. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

James Neal, the Vegas Golden Knights' free agent forward, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Calgary Flames.

The news was first reported Monday morning by TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman before Calgary officially announced the deal.

McKenzie tweeted Monday morning that Neal and the Flames reached an agreement after both sides worked late into the night.

The average annual value of the contract will be $5.75 million, according to the Flames.

Neal, taken in the expansion draft last offseason from Nashville, had 25 goals and 19 assists for the newly-formed Golden Knights in the 2017-18 regular season, along with six goals and five assists during the team's Stanley Cup Playoff run.

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