Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/8/12

The Carolina Hurricanes signed 20-year-old center Jeff Skinner to a six-year contract extension with the club, NHL.com reported Wednesday.

Skinner, who has one year left on his entry-level deal, is locked up through the 2018-19 season. The new deal is for $34.35 million with a salary-cap hit of $5.725 million. Skinner will make $4.35 million during the 2013-14 season and $6 million a season after that.

Skinner scored 20 goals and had 24 assists for Carolina last season.

"It's nice to be a part of the organization for even longer," Skinner said. "Obviously, I'm very grateful for them to select me in the draft (No. 7 in 2010) and then today showing me the confidence to have me around long-term. It's definitely a nice message and hopefully I can prove them right."

The Hurricanes have had a busy offseason, also trading for and signing center Jordan Staal to a 10-year, $60 million contract and getting sniper Alexander Semin in free agency with a one-year, $7 million deal.

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