The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with defenseman Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.
The contract will begin during the 2018-19 season and carries an average annual value of $5.3 million.
"Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward, and it was important to secure him with our organization long term," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. "We believe he is one of the top young defensemen in the NHL today."
Slavin, 23, posted career highs in points (34), goals (five), assists (29) and short-handed points (four) in 82 games during his first full NHL season in 2016-17. He led the Hurricanes in blocked shots (161), takeaways (83) and time on ice per game (23:26)
--The Arizona Coyotes turned to a familiar face in the region by naming Steve Patterson as the club's new president, chief executive officer and alternate governor.
The Coyotes also announced that general manager John Chayka has been promoted to president of hockey operations. He will retain the general manager title.
"We are very pleased to name Steve as our new president and CEO," Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway said in a statement. "Steve has a wealth of experience and has served as an innovative and successful executive in the NFL, NBA, professional hockey, professional baseball and college athletics for over 30 years. He's built championship teams and organizations and has managed stadiums, ballparks and arenas across the United States. Most importantly, he previously worked in our market and has the necessary corporate and political relationships to help us secure a long-term home for the Coyotes in the Valley. We're thrilled to have him join us."
Patterson served as Arizona State's athletic director from 2011-13 before accepting the same position at Texas. The 59-year-old resigned from his post in September 2015 and will fill the position previously held by Anthony LaBlanc, who stepped down after nearly four years.
--The Toronto Maple Leafs signed their first-round pick, defenseman Timothy Liljegren, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Liljegren, 18, was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 17th overall pick in last month's NHL draft.
In 2016-17, the Kristianstad, Sweden, native collected one goal and four assists in 19 games with Rogle BK (SHL), one assist in five games with Timra IK (Allsvenskan) and seven points (five goals, two assists) in 12 games with Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit).