The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goalie Eddie Lack to a two year contract extension. He’ll earn $2.5 million next season and $3 million the season after that. He is currently in the final year of his current deal, which will pay him $1.5 million this season.
Lack arrived in Carolina after a trade with the Vancouver Canucks prior to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Hurricanes sent a third round pick for 2015 and a seventh round pick for 2016 to the Canucks in exchange for the 27-year-old Swedish netminder.
“Eddie has been a great addition to our locker room,” said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis. “We feel that we have a very solid tandem in net for this season and are excited that Eddie will remain a part of that picture beyond this year.”
Lack will join goalie Cam Ward in the Carolina crease, of course.
In 41 games last season, Lack posted a goals against average of 2.45 to go with a .921 save percentage. He had two shutouts. In four playoff games, he picked up a win and posted a 3.03 goals against average with a disappointing .886 save percentage.
Ward, meanwhile, won 22 games in 51 games. He had a goals against average of 2.40 with a .910 save percentage. The 31-year-old from Saskatoon has been holding the fort as Carolina’s starter and was drafted in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, but he’ll be challenged by Lack this season as the Hurricanes look to transition.
Lack made his NHL debut in 2013-2014 with the Canucks after two seasons in the AHL. He went unselected in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft despite being named ninth among European netminders by Central Scouting. He spent time in the Swedish Elite League before the Canucks’ scouts spotted him and signed him to an entry level deal in April of 2010.
After Vancouver traded Roberto Luongo, Lack assumed the role of starter for a time. And after an injury to Ryan Miller last season, he again was in the top spot and helped Vancouver land in the post-season.
Alas, it was not to be and Vancouver picked Jacob Markstrom over Lack. The rest, as they say, is history and Lack will now have the chance to cement himself in Carolina.