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Canes Agree to Terms with Victor Rask

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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Victor Rask on a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, the deal will pay Rask $550,000 in the first year, $650,000 in the second year and $750,000 in the third year, or he will make $70,000 per year at the minor-league level. He also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.

“Victor is a smart player with a lot of offensive upside to his game,” said Francis. “He is leading Calgary in scoring so far this year, and we are excited to watch him continue to develop.”

Rask, 18, is in his first season of major junior hockey in North America, and currently leads the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) with 10 points in eight games (6g, 4a). The Leksand, Sweden, native spent the majority of 2010-11 with Leksand of the Sweden’s second professional division, scoring five goals and earning six assists (11 points) in 37 games. Rask (6’2”, 194 lbs.) has represented Sweden in 10 international competitions, including the International Ice Hockey Federation U18 World Junior Championships, helping his country capture the silver medal in 2010 and 2011. The Hurricanes drafted Rask in the second round, 42nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Our future second line center?

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Another good move. Go ahead & get him signed to his ELC. I could see him & Murphy making the jump up next year.

Of course, it will either be the Canes or back to Jrs again for both of them next year.

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The word on Rask is that he can keep the puck on his stick and that he distributes the puck very well to his linemates. He is good at both ends of the ice and is very good in the faceoff circle. Skating is average, but not to the point of a liability by any means. He was slated as a top-10 pick before his stock fell to a second rounder.

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The word on Rask is that he can keep the puck on his stick and that he distributes the puck very well to his linemates. He is good at both ends of the ice and is very good in the faceoff circle. Skating is average, but not to the point of a liability by any means. He was slated as a top-10 pick before his stock fell to a second rounder.

That bodes well for us if he does plan on being the future 2nd line center, playing along with Skinner and all. Do you know why his stock dropped the way it did?

Also, what's the long-term plan for Nash? I know he had a great camp.

Interesting thinking about all of this - While I think we currently lack a good Center, that position could be a logjam in years to come.

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That bodes well for us if he does plan on being the future 2nd line center, playing along with Skinner and all. Do you know why his stock dropped the way it did?

Also, what's the long-term plan for Nash? I know he had a great camp.

Interesting thinking about all of this - While I think we currently lack a good Center, that position could be a logjam in years to come.

Could be one reason why JR has put a big Band-Aid on it for now. No sense locking down another long-term contract for a center if you believe that in 1-2 years you'll have 5 of them fighting for 4 spots (Staal, Sutter, Brent, Nash and Rask).

And that doesn't even take into account a guy like Matsumoto...

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Any relation to Tukka Rask?

No, one is Swedish (Victor) and one is Finnish (Tuukku). Good question though, so I looked around and found out the two countries were once all Finland and that last name was a commonly given surnames around the turn of the last century. You learn something everyday.

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