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Svechnikov “Open” to Talking Extension With Hurricanes Now

Andrei Svechnikov is open to talking an extension with the Carolina Hurricanes as soon as he’s eligible.

With one more season on his entry-level deal, Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov doesn’t have to talk a contract extension with the team quite yet. In fact, it might be better that he doesn’t to see what other restricted free agents sign for and how the market shapes out.

Still, he’s readying himself to talk deal and it sounds like he’d rather get something done sooner than later.

According to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, Svechnikov, who is entering the final year of his entry-level contract, might want wait and see if other higher-priced deals get signed before agreeing to anything long-term with the Hurricanes. The reason being that he out-performed his own rookie numbers in a shortened season, put up 24 goals and 37 assists in 61 games and killed it in the playoffs before going down to an injury.

With four goals and three assists in six games before suffering a high ankle sprain, Svechnikov looked like he was about to go on an unstoppable run. His regular season and short playoff burst might be enough to show that he’s an incredible talent the Hurricanes don’t want to lose.

Our own Brandon Share-Cohen wrote at the beginning of August:

For anyone who watched Andrei Svechnikov during his time in the USHL and OHL, the 20-year-old blossoming into an absolute star in the NHL is far from surprising. In fact, it almost felt like this was the only inevitable outcome given how naturally gifted he was at hockey.

Noting he’s so much more than a one-tool player, his strong skating, natural vision with the puck, and offensive abilities make him extremely valuable. And, for as much as he does on the ice, the initiatives and causes he contributes to off the ice are also a massive plus.

Still, when asked about doing the deal now, he simply said, “I’m open.” He added that his agent will do that job and that he doesn’t want to know anything about it until it’s done, but he’s open.

So, why would Carolina wait if Svechnikov is willing to talk now?

Few Deals Are Easy Deals This Offseason

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said he’s working on two deals, which makes signing one sizable and important one a bit more complicated. In a normal offseason, you have an idea about what a player is worth. You can see what the market is set at with other RFA’s and adjust from what you though the deal might look like baed on what other teams do.

This offseason? Who knows what teams are thinking with their own cap issues.

And, for the Hurricanes, they not only need to get a Svechnikov deal done, but they have defenseman Dougie Hamilton’s deal to contend with as well. Hamilton is a year away from UFA eligibility.

Waddell notes:

Certainly, they are both important players for this organization, and it makes more sense to get to it sooner than later.  You’re looking at two different types of contracts. One (Hamilton) is going to be an unrestricted free agent come next year after the upcoming year. Andrei will be coming off his entry-level deal. So it’s two different kind of negotiations we’re looking at. There’s no timetable. There’s no deadlines. They both have another year left. … We have a good relationship with both players. I fully expect both players to want to stay here.

To Wait or Not to Wait?

There’s pressure to get this deal right and there are arguments for waiting or hurrying to be first out of the gate. If your player wants to get a deal done and the numbers look good, there could be a big plus in signing first and realizing you got a steal when other RFA’s demand more. However, pay too much and you’ll be kicking yourself for over-paying when the market saw RFA’s sign for less.

And, if you give Svechnikov a season to explode offensively… then you’re really up creek without a paddle.

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