Carolina Hurricanes sign Eddie Lack to two-year extension

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – Just after announcing its roster to begin the 2015-2016 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes announced on Saturday that the team had agreed to terms with goaltender Eddie Lack on a two-year contract extension.

The deal will pay Lack $2.5 million in 2016-17, and $3 million in 2017-18.

“Eddie has been a great addition to our locker room,” Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“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.”

The Hurricanes acquired Lack from the Vancouver Canucks on June 27 in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a seventh-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Lack was 1-0-0 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage in three games played during Carolina’s exhibition schedule.

The 27-year old native of Sweden completed his second full NHL season in 2014-15, finishing 18-13-4, with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

He took over the Canucks’ starting job in February when Ryan Miller suffered a knee injury, and went 12-6-2 in 21 appearances from Feb. 24-Apr. 9 to help Vancouver maintain its playoff position.

In two seasons with Vancouver, Lack posted a 34-30-9 record, with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 82 games.

Prior to joining the Canucks, he played two seasons for Vancouver’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliates in Manitoba and Chicago.

Lack signed as a free agent with the Canucks on Apr. 6, 2010, after one season with Brynas IF in Sweden’s top division, Elitserien.