The Carolina Hurricanes made a big splash over the summer by signing Alexander Semin to a one-year deal and trading for Jordan Staal. Now the team is on the verge of agreeing to a long-term extension with 20-year-old center/wing Jeff Skinner, according to reports.
Tuesday evening, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford tweeted that the team was close to signing Skinner to a new deal, though no official announcement was made. A few hours later, TSN's Bob McKenzie chimed in with the contract details: Six years and roughly $34 million.
Skinner was selected seventh overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 NHL Draft and won the Calder award for being the top rookie during the 2010-11 season, scoring 31 goals and 63 points in 82 games. He scored 20 goals this past season, playing in just 64 games.