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Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford hints at multi-year contract extension for Jeff Skinner

Via Sportsnet’s Chris Nichols and others on Twitter and Facebook, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford posted the following on Twitter a few minutes ago:

Update: And now George is glad he didn’t have a beverage to spit all over his laptop’s monitor, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

According to TSN Insider Bob McKenzie, Skinner’s new deal is believed to be a six-year extension worth an average annual value of $5.725 million.

“It looks like we are going to be able to get Jeff Skinner tied up for a number of years,” Rutherford stated on Twitter.  “Exciting news for our franchise.”

Skinner has one-year remaining on his entry-level deal. The 2011 Calder Memorial Trophy-winner scored 20 goals and added 24 assists in 64 games with the Hurricanes in 2011-12.

Remind me again why Rutherford’s in almost every CBA negotiation session representing the Hurricanes again? Fiscal sanity and all that?

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SYF's avatar

They got a real good player in Skinner.

Posted by SYF from hatrick's "...broken bone bone..." on 08/07/12 at 10:27 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

You aren’t lying SYF, one of my fav players that’s not a Wing.  Carlina all of a sudden looks stacked with young talent up top with The Brothers’ Staal and Semin and Skinner winging them.  They are a blue-collar team as well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an uptick in those guys production and them fighting for the southeast title.. might not seem hard to do but the teams that missed have been recently and/or only missed by a handful of W’s.

This year could be huge for him.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/07/12 at 10:56 PM ET

Primis's avatar

I have to agree with what George said on Twitter though about the fact that CAR is going to pay Semin, the Staals, Skinner, Ward…. and then cry “POOR!” and want it rolled back.

Kinda’ stinks.

Posted by Primis on 08/08/12 at 01:36 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

So uh, who plays D for the ‘Canes again?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/08/12 at 02:44 AM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Skinner’s a great player.  Lots of potential there.

Maybe they should trade him smile

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/08/12 at 03:02 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 08/08/12 at 12:44 AM ET


Cam Ward

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/08/12 at 04:07 AM ET

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