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.