Hurricanes Sign Sebastian Aho To Massive Extension


Talks have been ongoing for some time, and it was an inevitability. The Carolina Hurricanes have now officially agreed to terms with star forward Sebastian Aho to an 8-year, $78M deal, with an AAV of $9.75M.

The new deal gives Aho a 15% raise over his previous AAV. It begins in the 2024-25 season and runs through the 2031-32 NHL season. The contract includes a full No Move Clause and No Trade Clause for the first seven years. The 8th year includes a 15-team no-trade clause.

It's quite the birthday gift for the seven-year veteran, who turned 26 today.

"Sebastian has developed into one of the best two-way centers in hockey," said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell. "He's a tremendous leader on and off the ice who sets a great example for our younger players. We're grateful that he's decided to stay in Carolina for the foreseeable future."

Aho netted 36 goals and 67 points in 75 games last season, while adding 5 goals and 12 points in 15 playoff games.

In seven years, Aho has four 30-goal seasons, and has totaled 218 goals, 250 assists and 468 points in 520 career games. That ranks him fifth in franchise history in goals and points. He's also tied with Eric Staal for the most career shorthanded goals in 'Canes history with 16, as well as scoring a franchise-record nine career overtime goals.

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