RFA Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes agreed to an eight-year, $62 million deal on Thursday.
The deal keeps Svechnikov in Carolina through the 2028-29 season and has an AAV of $7.75 million.
“Andrei is one of the cornerstones of this organization, and we are thrilled to reach a long-term commitment to keep him here,” said Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell after the deal was announced. “He is one of the brightest rising stars in our sport, and will play a key role in our efforts to bring the Stanley Cup to the Triangle this decade.”
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The 2018 first-round pick (2nd overall) is coming off a 42 point season (15 goals, 27 assists) for the Hurricanes in 2021 who fell to the eventual Cup-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games during the playoffs. Svechnikov tied with former Hurricane-turned-Devil Dougie Hamilton for third on the team in points during the regular season behind only Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck. He averaged 17:32 minutes of ice time a night. In the playoffs, he averaged 18:35 of ice time, adding two goals and six assists in seven games for Carolina.
In his three seasons in the league, the 21-year-old has 59 goals and 81 assists over 205 games. His 140 career points rank him at the top among his fellow 2018 draftees such as Brady Tkachuk, Quinn Hughes, and first-overall selection, Rasmus Dahlin of the Sabres.
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The Hurricanes have made the playoffs in all three seasons with Svechnikov and head coach Rod Brind’Amor after missing out the previous nine seasons. However, they have only ever made it as far as the Conference Final in 2018-19, Svechnikov’s rookie season. He had five points in just nine playoff games that season. He has nine goals and 11 assists in 26 total playoff games during his young career.
Carolina opens the regular season on October 14th against the New York Islanders in Raleigh, North Carolina.