/Hurricanes lock up young defenseman Jaccob Slavin with 7-year extension

Hurricanes lock up young defenseman Jaccob Slavin with 7-year extension


Published 1:09 p.m. ET July 12, 2017 | Updated 9:37 p.m. ET July 12, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Jaccob Slavin have agreed to a seven-year contract extension.

General manager Ron Francis on Wednesday said the deal begins in 2018-19 and will carry an average annual value of $5.3 million through the 2024-25 season.

Francis says the 23-year-old Slavin is “one of the cornerstones of our team” and “one of the top young defensemen in the NHL today.”

In his second season in the NHL in 2016-17, Slavin had 34 points, five goals, 29 assists. He also led the team with 161 blocked shots, 83 takeaways and an average time on ice of about 23½ minutes.

Slavin, Brett Pesce and Noah Hanifin are the team’s key defensemen entering their third NHL season, and they along with All-Star Justin Faulk and trade acquisition Trevor van Riemsdyk will enter the season as the nucleus of the defense in front of new goalie Scott Darling.


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