Carolina Hurricanes forward Joakim Nordstrom agreed to terms on a two-year contract Friday.
He will make $1.25 million in 2016-17 and $1.3 million in 2017-18.
Nordstrom would have been a restricted free agent July 1.
"Joakim took a major step forward in his career last season," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "We expect him to continue to grow as both a player and a leader on our team."
Nordstrom had 10 goals and 24 points in 71 games.
The Hurricanes also signed defenseman Jake Chelios to a one-year, two-way contract that will play him $575,000 at the NHL level.
He had 31 points in 73 games with Charlotte, the Hurricanes' American Hockey League affiliate. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios.