Andrei Svechnikov, Hurricanes Agree to 8-Year Contract Worth $7.75M per Season

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 26, 2021

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - JUNE 08: Andrei Svechnikov #37 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck during the third period in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PNC Arena on June 08, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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The Carolina Hurricanes have announced a new eight-year deal with Andrei Svechnikov that will pay him an average of $7.75 million per year. 

"Andrei is one of the cornerstones of this organization, and we are thrilled to reach a long-term commitment to keep him here," Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. "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."

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft, Svechnikov made an immediate impact for Carolina and already has 140 points in 205 career games. The 21-year-old finished last season with 15 goals and 27 assists in 55 appearances.

The right wing showed his ability to step up against top competition, totaling a goal and four assists in the second-round playoff loss against the eventual Stanley Cup champions Tampa Bay Lightning.

He played over 30 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the Nashville Predators during the first round.

Svechnikov has proved to be a reliable player who can help at both ends, finishing second on the team with 114 hits last season.

The young Russian was clearly set to become a key part of the franchise going forward, and Carolina responded by keeping him under team control through 2028-29.

The new annual salary will rank Svechnikov seventh among right wings in the NHL, per Spotrac.