The Hurricanes’ biggest move this offseason occurred on Wednesday, but it wasn’t bringing in a new face to Raleigh via free agency.
Carolina and center Sebastian Aho agreed to an eight-year, $78 million extension that runs through the 2031-2032 extension. The now 26-year old celebrated his birthday with a big payday, as he will receive an average-annual value of $9.75 million.
With one year remaining on his current deal, Aho’s extension will kick in with the the 2024-2025 campaign.
In the Atlantic Division, Toronto received a short-term solution to their salary cap question marks with the placement of goalie Matt Murray on the Long-Term Injured Reserve. Murray suffered a handful of injuries in his first season with the Maple Leafs, last playing on April 2 when he suffered a concussion in a contest against Detroit.
With a $4.69 million AAV, the 29-year old’s injury situation allows Toronto to go under the salary cap prior to opening night.
Netminders Ilya Samsonov and Joseph Woll will makeup the active goalies on the roster, as Murray’s future both with the Maple Leafs and in the NHL are uncertain.
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