Hurricanes say Skinner close to new contract
Tuesday, 08.07.2012 / 9:20 PM / News
The Carolina Hurricanes are on the verge of signing forward Jeff Skinner to a new contract, general manager Jim Rutherford revealed on Twitter on Tuesday.
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"It looks like we are going to be able to get Jeff Skinner tied up for a number of years. Exciting news for our franchise," Rutherford wrote on the verified account @HurricanesGM. Skinner, 20, has one year left on his contract, worth $1.4 million, according to Capgeek.com.
It would be the latest significant offseason signing for the Hurricanes. Jordan Staal was given a 10-year, $60 million extension after he was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a draft-weekend trade. Free agent Alexander Semin agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract in late July.
Skinner had 44 points in 64 games last season; he suffered a concussion in December. In 2010-11, he had 63 points in 82 games and won the Calder Trophy.
He was Carolina's first-round pick (No. 7) in the 2010 NHL Draft.