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Hurricanes Sign Lack to Two-Year Extension

Hurricanes Sign Lack to Two-Year Extension

Lack with MaskCarolina General Manager Ron Francis has wasted little time in maintaining popular netminder Eddie Lack’s services, signing the 27-year old to a two-year contract extension worth $5.5 million.

The Hurricanes acquired Lack from Vancouver in exchange for a 2015 third-round pick and 2016 seventh-round pick prior to day two of this summer’s NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.

The Norrtälje, Sweden native went 34-30-9 in two seasons with the Canucks, posting a .917 save percentage and 2.43 goals-against average in 82 appearances and would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Lack will now take home $2.5 million next season and $3 million in 2017-2018, and looks to have moved in to pole position to take the Hurricanes starting role.

The former Brynas puck stopper was expected to go head-to-head with incumbent Cam Ward this season, as both netminders approached the end of their contracts.

Ward won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2006, after the Hurricanes made a sensational Stanley Cup run, but has seen his play slip in recent seasons, with his $6.3 million cap hit becoming an anchor around both Ward and the Hurricane’s necks.

Check out this great save by Lack during Carolina’s preseason game with Washington:

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).