May 20, 2019 | 7:42pm ET
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AHO HOPES TO SIGN LONG-TERM WITH CANES

 
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Sebastian Aho, forward

 

Now that Carolina’s season has come to a close, much of the focus will shift towards how this Hurricanes team will look next season.

With a number of changes coming – the first being the expected buyout of goalie Scott Darling, as TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta first reported via Twitter on Sunday – many around the League are curious how the team will form together.

While captain Justin Williams plans on taking some time to mull over his future – he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 – and forward Micheal Ferland is likely leaving as a free agent, All-Star winger Sebastian Aho hopes to stick around for quite some time.

Aho reiterated his position with the media on Monday, indicating that he’d like to sign a long-term extension with the club, but would not divulge much else.

“That's the case, yes,” he said. “But I have nothing (else) to say right at the moment.”

Aho, 21, can become a restricted free agent July 1, but the team’s priority is to get him locked up sooner rather than later.

On his next deal, which is likely to be in the eight-year range, based on Aho’s admitted desire, the native of Rauma, Finland, could take home around $8 million, per year.

Contract talks are expected to pick up in the very near future.

In 82 games with the Hurricanes this season, Aho registered 30 goals and 53 assists for 83 points.