RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Center Rod Brind'Amour has agreed to a 6-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The team provided no details in announcing the deal Thursday, but The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Brind'Amour agreed to a five-year contract worth about $25 million with an option for a sixth year worth up to $7 million.

Brind'Amour was scheduled to make $4.25 million this season and would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 without the extension. His agent, Ron Perrick, said the contract includes a no-trade clause, which sealed the deal for Brind'Amour.

``He is an important part of the Hurricanes present and future,'' general manager Jim Rutherford said.

The 31-year-old Brind'Amour was third on the team with 36 assists and tied for third with 20 goals last season. He was acquired by Carolina in January 2000 in a trade that sent holdout center Keith Primeau to the Philadelphia Flyers.

In 112 games with the Hurricanes, Brind'Amour has 24 goals and 46 assists. He has 302 goals and 479 assists in 902 NHL games over 12 seasons.