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Hurricanes sign Karlsson to entry-level deal

Posted May 27

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed left wing Erik Karlsson to a three-year, entry level contract, Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis announced Tuesday.

On the NHL level, Karlsson will be paid $550,000 in the first year, $600,000 in the second year and $650,000 in the third year. He will receive $60,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) in year one, and $65,000 in years two and three. Karlsson also receives a signing bonus of $185,000.

“Erik played well at the World Juniors, and has shown improvement each year since he was drafted,” said Francis. “He has good speed and adds to our team’s organizational depth at forward.”

Karlsson, 19, spent most of the 2013-14 season with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), totaling five goals and one assist (6 points) in 41 games. The Lerum, Sweden, native added one goal in six playoff games, as the Indians fell to Linkopings in the SHL quarterfinals. Karlsson (6’0”, 180 lbs.) also totaled 15 points (5g, 10a) in 9 games with Frolunda Jr., and represented Sweden at the 2014 World Junior Championships, totaling three assists and a plus-1 rating in seven games as host Sweden captured the silver medal. He was selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 99th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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  • 903isacqward Jun 2, 10:52 a.m.

    need a coach.

  • KT slapped your mom May 29, 12:48 p.m.

    One of the things that hurt the Canes development of AHL players is that JR went out and got so... View More

    — Posted by wlcat609

    I don't think it's development that's a problem more so than making bone-headed picks.

  • KT slapped your mom May 29, 12:47 p.m.

    Another "signing" that will never help the canes. An auspicious start to the GM decisions.

    — Posted by kheffn

    It's an entry level contract. He's probably going to be in the AHL for most of it. How is this bad?

  • wlcat609 May 28, 9:35 a.m.

    One of the things that hurt the Canes development of AHL players is that JR went out and got so many free agents for the NHL team and that kept the kids down in Charlotte forever - and you know they are not going to be content to stay at that level forever - they'll bail elsewhere. So unless the Canes philosophy changes, they are just developing AHL players for some other teams.

  • kheffn May 27, 8:58 p.m.

    Another "signing" that will never help the canes. An auspicious start to the GM decisions.

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