NHL Rumors: Carolina Hurricanes Close to Signing Forward

If you ask Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell, it's just a matter of when and not if the team signs forward Martin Necas. The restricted free-agent forward and the 'Canes continue to discuss options for his next contract, one that's expected to be signed in the very near future.

Waddell met up with the media recently and had this to say:

We're speaking on almost a daily basis, and it's getting close. I can only speak for my side of it, but it's going to get done.

The 23-year-old Necas is one of the young bright spots in the Hurricanes organization. He scored 14 goals and added 26 assists in 78 games last season and he's loaded with potential to be a 60-70 point player in the league. 

Carolina's had a massive offseason, bringing in Max Pacioretty and Brent Burns as the team was trying to fill the holes left by Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter and Tony DeAngelo. Necas is someone who has the ability to play down the middle and should see his role increase with the team.

Necas was originally a 12th overall selection by the 'Canes back in 2017 and is coming off a contract making $863,333 per season.

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