The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have inked Elias Lindholm to a contract extension that could prove to be a bargain.
Lindholm received a two-year extension that will come with a $2.7 million annual cap hit. He still has a season left on his entry-level contract, so he’s now signed through 2017-18.
“Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year,” said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. “We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional.”
The 20-year-old forward had 17 goals and 39 points in 81 contests as a sophomore in 2014-15. He went on to score two goals and six points in eight games with Sweden during the 2015 World Championship.
Taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Lindholm has the potential to develop into a significant offensive threat.
The Hurricanes’ situation has only added to the importance of Lindholm’s continued development. Eric Staal has declined in recent years and might not even be with Carolina beyond 2015-16 as he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. Carolina is also coping with the uncertain future of 23-year-old Jeff Skinner given his injury history and his disappointing showing in 2014-15.