Hurricanes retain Martin Necas with two-year deal

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Martin Necas to a two-year, $6 million contract on Tuesday.

Necas will earn $2.5 million this season and $3.5 million in 2023-24. He was a restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old Necas scored 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in a career-high 78 games last season.

Necas scored a career-best 16 goals in 2019-20 and posted a career-high 41 points in 2020-21. He has 45 goals and 74 assists (119 points) in 203 games over part of five seasons with the Hurricanes.

He has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 33 career playoff games.

“Martin is a dynamic young playmaker,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. “He has an elite combination of speed and skill and we think he’ll only continue to improve.”

Necas was a first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2017 draft by the Hurricanes.