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Dec 2, 2012 10:00pm
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RALEIGH, N. Max Unger Jersey .C. —The Carolina
Hurricanes maintained their aggressive off-season deals by awarding a long-term
contract to forward Jeff Skinner. Skinner signed a six-year contract extension
worth more than $34 million that will keep him with the Hurricanes through the
2018-19 season, the team said Wednesday. The winner of the Calder Trophy in 2011
as the NHLs rookie of the year will make $4.35 million in 2013-14 and $6 million
in each of the following five seasons. His entry contract, which pays him
$900,000 per year, was to expire after this coming season. “Im very grateful for
them to select me in the draft, and obviously today, showing me the confidence
to have me around long term,” Skinner said. “Its definitely a nice message …
and hopefully, I can prove them right.” The 20-year-old Skinner has 51 goals and
56 assists in his short career, which began when Carolina took him in the first
round of the 2010 draft. He made the team out of camp that season and was
selected to the All-Star team as a rookie before becoming the franchises first
Calder Trophy winner. Last year, he had 20 goals and 44 assists despite missing
16 games with a concussion. “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,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “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.” His signing marks the latest bold move
of the summer for a Hurricanes team that already has stars Eric Staal and
Cam Ward locked in to long-term deals. They picked up forward Jordan Staal in a
draft-day trade with Pittsburgh and signed him to a 10-year, $60 million
extension. They signed enigmatic free-agent forward Alexander Semin to a
one-year deal worth $7 million. And they awarded defenceman Jay Harrison a
three-year contract extension that will keep him with Carolina through 2015-16.
“Theres been a lot of big moves from our organization this summer, and I think
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for his first 400m freestyle Olympic final.Eugene Melnyk was still pondering
what might have been but was just as excited to think about what might be. “Some
people say that time heals all wounds, but that Game 7 loss still stings and
almost reminds me of 2007,” the Senators owner said Monday via conference call,
referring to when Ottawa lost in the Stanley Cup final to Anaheim. “Its
something you wont forget for quite a long time, but it happened and we move
on.” Melnyks words were his first publicly since the New York Rangers beat
Ottawa 2-1 on Thursday in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern
Conference quarter-final series. Overall Melnyk felt the season was a success
and said it was important to remember expectations were surpassed for a team
many had predicted wouldnt make the playoffs. “The rights probably outnumber the
wrongs 20-1 so Im going to focus on what went right for us,” he said. “There
were very few expectations that we would get to where we got. “We are in the
very first year of a rebuild and lets call it what it is and its a rebuild
year.” In addition to the teams playoff run, Melnyk was quick to point out other
highlights that included captain Daniel Alfredsson scoring his 400th career
goal, Chris Phillips playing in his 1,000th career game, the evolution of
defenceman Erik Karlsson and Ottawa hosting a successful NHL all-star contest.
Senators players could also figure in a number of post-season honours. Karlsson
is nominated for tthe Norris Trophy, Alfredsson is up for the Bill Masterton
Memorial Trophy and head coach Paul MacLean was named a finalist for the Jack
Adams Award. Chris Clemons Womens Jersey. “With a list
like that its hard for me to say theres any disappointment at the performance of
our team and the organization the past season,” said Melnyk. “Its been a great,
great year with great memories and I think it can only be better.” Melnyk would
also like to see Alfredsson back with the team next season. The Senators captain
is contemplating retirement although he will play for Sweden at the upcoming
world hockey championship. “Theres no question we want him back,” said Melnyk,
adding hed be happy to keep the 39-year-old in the organization if he retired.
“The players want him back, I want him back, the coaching staff wants him back,
the fans want him back and even his kids I read want him back. “Everyone wants
him back. Its a very personal decision at this point.” As part of this seasons
rebuild Ottawa significantly reduced its payroll, but general manager Bryan
Murray has expressed a need for a stay-at-home defenceman and a scoring forward.
And the Senators will likely have to dish out more to keep Karlsson, who is
slated to become a restricted free agent. “(Murray) knows what we need to work
and within what numbers we need to work and I think we can still get to a point
where we fulfill those needs without breaking our bank,” Melnyk said. ’ ’ ’ 

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