On Thursday afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild and now just a matter of four days later, the club once again has become active while building for their future.
With that being said, the team announced the signing of Teuvo Teravainen on Monday morning, agreeing to a five-year contract extension worth a total salary of $27 million.
According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic Toronto, the forward is also set to receive an annual average value of $5.4 million over the lifetime of his deal which is set to kick in at the beginning of the 2019-2020 regular season.
LeBrun also notes that the native of Helsinki, Finland was set to become a restricted free agent at the season’s end while his new contract will take him through to the conclusion of the 20203-2024 regular season.
Teravainen originally joined the Hurricanes organization after having been acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade back in 2016 which sent a pair of draft picks the other way.
Since then, Teravainen has found his footing and has done so rather swimmingly, allowing him to rack up a total of 62 points in 82 games last season which included 23 goals scored to go alongside 41 assists.
In a statement from general manager Don Waddell with regards to today’s long-term agreement, he said about Teravainen’s abilities, “Teuvo has improved every year of his NHL career and has established himself as a cornerstone forward for the Hurricanes now and into the future.”
In continuation, he went on to say, “He has shown that he is capable of adapting and expanding his role with our team, becoming a key penalty killer for Rod [Brind’Amour] this season. He’s still just 24 years old and we believe he will only continue to grow as a player.”
After a masterful performance to prove the promise that Teravainen supplies to his team, the 24-year-old winger signed a two-year bridge deal with the Hurricanes back on June 15th of 2017 which included a total salary of $5,720,000.
Furthermore, as noted by Michael Singh of Sportsnet.ca, Teravainen would have been a restricted free-agent at the end of the regular season which would also be when his contract extension would officially be due to expire.
In taking a look now at his performance thus far into the regular season, Teravainen has scored 10 goals to go alongside 29 assists, making for 39 points registered in a total of 48 games played so far this year. He also adds six penalty minutes to his resume. Teravainen’s stat line makes for second on the team, meanwhile, 5 of his 10 goals have come on the man advantage.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, Teravainen has scored 65 goals to go alongside 124 assists, making for 189 points registered in a total of 326 games played. He also adds 58 penalty minutes to his resume.
In taking a look at his statistics through a deeper lens of numerical analysis, Michael Singh goes on to make note of the fact that Teravainen has posted solid possession numbers in his career, recording a 55.6 corsi-for percentage this season, better than his 54.7 per cent career-average.
Teravainen was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round (18th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at PPG Paints Arena, home to the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
As helpful as Teravainen has been so far into his professional hockey career, he has also seen time representing Finland in IIHF international play, taking part in the 2016 World Cup as well as several stints in the World Junior Championship. He captained Team Finland to winning gold back in 2014 in Malmö, Sweden.
As noted by TSN, Teravainen won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Blackhawks in 2015, something he will now look to assist the Hurricanes in doing while under the new wing of head coach Rod Brind’Amour.
As noted by Colton Osmond of Last Word On Hockey, the Hurricanes can now direct their attention to teammate and right-winger Sebastian Aho who is currently leading the team in points with 54 in 48 games.
Aho is also set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the year, an opportunity that could prove to be beneficial in locking up his fellow country-man long-term as well.