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It’s official: ‘Canes ink Skinner to six-year, $34.35 million extension

Aug 8, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

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Last night, we passed along word (well, tweet) from Carolina GM Jim Rutherford hinting at a contract extension for Jeff Skinner.

Today, Rutherford made it official.

The ‘Canes announced they’ve signed the 20-year-old to a six-year, $34.35 million deal that will pay him $4.35 million in 2013-14 and $6 million per from 2014-19.

The deal has an average annual value of $5.725 million.

“Jeff is a cornerstone player for our team, and his long-term commitment to the Hurricanes is great news for our franchise and our fans,” Rutherford told the Hurricanes website. “At 20 years old, he is still in the very early stages of his career, and we felt it was important to ensure he would be spending much more of it in Raleigh.”

Skinner won the Calder Trophy in 2010-11 and has scored 107 points in his first 146 career games with the ‘Canes.

The signing caps off what’s been a whirlwind — and spendy — summer in Raleigh.

Rutherford broke the bank and the ‘Canes have become the Eastern Conference’s most dramatically altered team in the process. Had it not been for Minnesota signing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, that statement could’ve been applicable for the entire NHL.

The trade-and-sign of Jordan Staal, the acquisition of Alex Semin and the Skinner extension cost the club over $100 million.

If you go back to January, you could lump in the Tim Gleason extension ($16 million) and Tuomo Ruutu extension ($19 million)…bringing Rutherford’s grand total to $136 million.

Of note, Carolina now has its core group of Staal, Skinner, Ruutu, Gleason, Cam Ward, Jay Harrison and captain Eric Staal locked up through 2016.

  1. elemeno89 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    oh yea…

    • elemeno89 - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

  2. lonespeed - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Carolina….synonym for dynasty.

    Flyers, Penguins, Rangers who?

    -over enthusiastic hurricanes fan.

  3. cameltoews - Aug 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    You have a right to be over enthusiastic. It gets exciting when your front office shows its fans they too aren’t happy with mediocrity and want to win just as badly as you.

  4. hitem396 - Aug 8, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    seems like canes are the biggest south club now.

  5. flyersfan67 - Aug 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    6 million for skinner, are you kidding. He doesn’t deserve even close to that, maybe in another three years not now. And 7 for semin. Wait to waste increased payrole Rutherford

  6. wethog66 - Aug 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Wonder if big boy money will turn Skinner into a big boy now and not a cry baby? Not going to hold my breath though. At least he can now afford the entire Blue’s Clues DVD box set he has had his eye on since joining the Canes. Congrats, Jeffy.

  7. xjokerz - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:22 AM

    Still can’t compete with my red wings

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