Posted August 08, 2012 on AP on Fox

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes looks on against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on October 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 4-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Jeff Skinner to a six-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2018-19. The team announced the deal Wednesday. Skinner - who won the Calder Trophy in 2011 as the NHL's rookie of the year - will make $4.35 million in 2013-14 and $6 million each of the five seasons after that. His entry contract that pays him $900,000 annually was to expire after this coming season. The 20-year-old Skinner has 51 goals and 56 assists in his short career. He followed up his rookie year with 20 goals and 44 assists in 2011-12 despite missing 16 games with a concussion. General manager Jim Rutherford said Skinner is ''a cornerstone player'' he wanted to keep for the long term.
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