Carolina Hurricanes’ General Manager, Don Waddell, revealed that they have signed center Sebastian Aho to a lucrative eight-year NHL contract extension worth $78 million. The extension will come into effect in the following season and will average $9.75 million per year, running through 2031-32. This exciting announcement was also made on Aho’s 26th birthday.
Waddell praised Aho’s impressive development as one of the best two-way centers in hockey. He acknowledged Aho’s leadership qualities both on and off the ice, setting a remarkable example for the team’s younger players. The Hurricanes are excited that Aho chose to remain with the team for the foreseeable future.
Aho’s new deal sees him receive a raise from his previous contract, where he earned nearly $8.5 million as the team’s top center and a vital all-around forward. Right now he is the highest-paid player on the Hurricanes’ roster.
Aho’s remarkable performance in the 2022-23 season saw him score an impressive 36 goals, continuing his streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 24 goals, which started when he joined the Hurricanes in the 2016-17 season. Additionally, he contributed 31 assists while playing in 75 games.
During the playoffs, Aho continued to excel, recording five goals and seven assists as the Carolina Hurricanes reached the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2019. Throughout his postseason career, Aho has displayed consistent high-level performance, averaging nearly a point per game with 58 points in 63 games.
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