RALEIGH, N.C. — 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, three goals, 29 assists. He also led the team with 161 blocked shots, 83 takeaways and an average time on ice of about 23½ minutes.
His entry-level contract expires after this season, and he would have been eligible for restricted free agency in July 2018.
Slavin, who was born in Eric, played college hockey at Colorado College.