RALEIGH, NC - Winger Andrei Svechnikov and Carolina Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell met with the media on Aug. 26, following the announcement of an eight-year contract extension that will pay Svechnikov an average-annual value of $7.75M.
On why it makes sense to sign an 8-year deal rather than a 2- or 3-year deal:
Svechnikov: It was actually an easy decision for me. I wanted it to be eight years to play in Carolina; I want to be a Hurricane. We've got a great team here, great coaches.
On how important was an 8-year team, and was it something both sides wanted:
Svechnikov: It was an easy decision because of course I wanted a long-term (contract). Like I said we have a great team and great coaches, and we just have to win the Stanley Cup, you know? A few of them.
Waddell: From Day One, when we started, we had always been talking about a long-term deal, so that was the good part: we were always on the same page and the right number for eight years, so we had great discussions for the past three weeks. We're very pleased, obviously. Andrei is one of our key players and moving forward he'll have an even bigger role. It's obviously nice our owner Tom Dundon was very supportive of the deal. It's a lot of money to commit but we all felt this was a very worthy investment.
Video: "It's such an easy decision for me."
On what his emotions were when they agreed to terms:
Svechnikov: I cannot really explain this emotion, but I was excited in the moment. My phone has been fired up a little bit: my whole family, my parents, my brother trying to call me and I talked with them. They were excited, and that's most important for me, when my parents and my brother are excited.
On why it was important to get this deal done now before the season:
Waddell: I think anytime you're dealing with a contract the sooner you get it done I think it's better for everybody. We're going to start Training Camp Sept. 22, so we want to get Andrei back here and get him back with his teammates. We were always in a position to get it done as soon as we can. Certainly we feel like, with it being Aug. 26, that I didn't want to have this drag into training camp and neither did Andrei so we worked pretty hard on it, especially the last week to really close it up and get this deal done.
On what about this organization makes him want to be here for so long:
Svechnikov: I've loved this place for years, and it's going to be eight more years. It's a special place. We've got a great team, great coaches, and all the guys make this locker room special. You get there and you just want to have fun because all the guys are fun. All we're trying to do is have fun and win every game.
On how important playing for Rod Brind'Amour was to signing the extension:
Svechnikov: It's huge. He's a great coach, he's a great guy. He actually just messaged me 30 minutes ago and he said, "congrats". I'm very, very happy working with him. I've spent every minute with him on the ice and hopefully we can make it happen - a few Stanley Cups.