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Canes GM hints at impending Jeff Skinner contract extension… Via Twitter (Update)

Aug 7, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

It’s not the typical way to leak news, but Carolina GM Jim Rutherford took to Twitter to say there will be news on Jeff Skinner soon.

Rutherford tweeted out saying: “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.”

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The Hurricanes have already made huge waves this offseason by trading for Jordan Staal and giving him a huge contract extension while signing Alexander Semin as a free agent.

Carolina has five players locked up through 2015-16 (Eric Staal, Tuomo Ruutu, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, and Cam Ward) with Jordan Staal signed through 2022-23. Adding Skinner to that list (assuming he gets a long-term deal) gives them a solid core of players to build around through the years with the Staal brothers and Skinner being premiere forwards.

Skinner isn’t set to become a restricted free agent until next summer and locking him up now is a good plan for him so he can get locked in under the current CBA.

UPDATE (11:05 p.m. ET): TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets Skinner’s deal will be a six-year extension worth $5.725 million per year. That’s good for a total of $34.35 million. That’s a lot of scratch.

  1. upyourstodd - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Tyler Seguin will be sending the ‘Canes and Skinner Christmas cards this holiday season.

  2. pfpmb - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Don’t forget about Evander Kane and his agent as well with the X-mas cards.

  3. canesfan90 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    bob’s quote was taken out of context the deal isnt done… yet

  4. theenutty - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    I love how that kid plays. IMO, if you lock him up for 5.7 a year, you are living right.

    • Phil Young - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Except for his temper tantrums. Once he locks that up, he’ll be great.

  5. mclovinhockey - Aug 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I would not call that a hint.

  6. travishenryskid - Aug 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    That’s an absurd contract. He should be getting 2-3 years, 3.5 million or so.

    • Richard Phillips - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Shut up Tommy!

    • Phil Young - Aug 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Tommy? is that you?

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