Hurricanes in contract extension talks with Svechnikov

Carolina GM Don Waddell discusses his confidence that they’ll sign Andrei Svechnikov to a contract extension, says this could be a good year to do it, and because of the financial situation right now, a bridge deal might make most sense. Courtesy: HURRICANES

RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says the team is in contract extension talks with 20-year-old winger Andrei Svechnikov.

The No. 2 overall draft pick from 2018 has one year left on his entry-level deal before becoming a restricted free agent.

Waddell said Thursday the team is ``open-minded'' about the potential structure of an extension, possibly including a short-term ``bridge'' deal due to economic uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic before pursuing a longer-term agreement later.

Waddell said there is no timetable, though he has ``no doubt'' the Hurricanes will sign Svechnikov ``at some point to some kind of extension.''

Svechnikov played alongside Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen on Carolina's top line, tallying 24 goals and 37 assists in the pandemic-shortened regular season. He also had the first post-season hat trick in franchise history during the Hurricanes' win against the New York Rangers in a Stanley Cup qualifier series.

``We obviously want Andrei here,'' Waddell said.

Waddell also said he expects the team will eventually reach deals with forward Warren Foegele and defenceman Haydn Fleury. Both are restricted free agents.

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