The Hurricanes announced Monday that the team has signed forward Teuvo Teravainen to a five-year contract extension worth $5.4 million per season.
Acquired by the Hurricanes on June 15, 2016 from the Chicago Blackhawks, Teravainen has appeared to have settled down in North Carolina. After putting up 62 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 82 games last season, the 24-year-old has accumulated 39 (10 goals, 29 assists) in 48 games so far this year.
“Teuvo has improved every year of his NHL career and has established himself as a cornerstone forward for the Hurricanes now and into the future,” said Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell.
“He has shown that he is capable of adapting and expanding his role with our team, becoming a key penalty killer for Rod [Brind’Amour] this season. He’s still just 24 years old and we believe he will only continue to grow as a player.”
Moreover, Teravainen has posted solid possession numbers in his career. He has a 55.6 corsi-for percentage this season, better than his 54.7 per cent career-average.
Teravainen would have been a restricted free-agent at the end of the season when his two-year $5,720,000 bridge deal he signed with the Hurricanes on June 15, 2017 expired.