The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday agreed to a contract extension with a player whose contract is up after this coming season and whose status has been a topic of conversation over the past couple of months.
(No, not him.)
(Not him either.)
Elias Lindholm, the Canes' first-round pick in 2013 who has made significant progress over his two seasons with the team, has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million. The deal will take effect in the 2016-17 season and will stretch through 2018, when Lindholm will be 23 years old and two years away from unrestricted free agency.
Lindholm has settled nicely into a secondary scoring role, posting 39 points last season while playing all but one game. While he was a bit of a project when he joined the team as an 18-year-old last season, he has shown that he fits well in coach Bill Peters' system and will be a solid contributor with added responsibilities as he plays out the final year of his entry-level deal and enters his new extension over the next couple of seasons.
The release from the team is below.
‘CANES, LINDHOLM AGREE ON TWO-YEAR EXTENSION2013 first-round pick notched 17 goals and earned 22 assists in 2014-15
Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Elias Lindholm on a two-year contract extension. The deal will pay Lindholm $2.5 million in 2016-17 and $2.9 million in 2017-18.
"Elias played well last season, nearly doubling his offensive numbers from his rookie year," said Francis. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional."
Lindholm, 20, established career highs in goals (17), assists (22), points (39) and games played (81) in 2014-15, and ranked third on the team in goals and points, and tied for third in assists. The Boden, Sweden, native has now played in 139 NHL regular season games with Carolina, scoring 26 goals and earning 34 assists (60 points). The Hurricanes drafted Lindholm (6’1", 192 lbs.) in the first round, fifth overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.