The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Andrei Svechnikov on an eight-year contract, which is set to keep the No. 2 overall draft pick from 2018 with the franchise through the 2028-29 season.
Svechnikov, 21, will get paid an average annual value of $7.75 million per season. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Svechnikov has been a fixture and physical presence on Carolina’s top line alongside Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen.
He was a restricted free agent and the team had long been in extension talks with him, though Waddell had floated the possibility of a shorter-term “bridge” type deal to ensure getting something done if a long-term deal couldn’t be reached.