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August 7, 2012 | 10:59pm ET
Skinner to sign long-term extension

The Carolina Hurricanes are on the verge of signing young star forward Jeff Skinner to a long-term contract extension, GM Jim Rutherford revealed via Twitter.

Skinner, 20, has one-year remaining on his three-year, entry-level contract.

"It looks like we are going to be able to get Jeff Skinner tied up for a number of years," Rutherford stated on Twitter. "Exciting news for our franchise."

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, also reporting via Twitter, Skinner's new deal is believed to be a six-year deal worth $5.725 million per season.

In 64 games with the Hurricanes last season, Skinner registered 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points.

The Toronto native was drafted seventh-overall by the Canes in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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