Jeff Skinner, Hurricanes Nearing Contract Extension, According To Reports

March 11, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner (53) warms up before a game against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Carolina Hurricanes are on the verge of signing Jeff Skinner to a six-year contract extension.

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.

For more on Skinner and the Hurricanes, head over to Canes Country. Check out SB Nation NHL for more news and notes around the league.

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