Found May 21, 2012 on

The Carolina Hurricanes are staying afloat of all things defensively in their early offseason by signing defenseman Jamie McBain to a two-year, $3.6-million contract extension. A prevalent part of the ‘Canes blue line, the 24-year-old led his team’s D-men in the 2011-12 season with 27 points in 76 games with eight goals and 19 assists. He also led with five power-play goals. The press statement from the Hurricanes expresses the franchise’s satisfaction with his puck-moving abilities while being able to contribute offensively. Ultimately, this is what the ‘Canes need to do to be able to try to get back in the hunt next season. With his cap hit of $850,000 of this past season, and going into a contract expiration, the Hurricanes are showing where they see the strengths in the team. While the need is great for blue line help for Carolina, they’ve shown they don’t buy into any high-priced name. Trading Tomas Kaberle to the Montreal Canadiens was a good indicator of that. And now, look at which team fired their general manager at season’s end. The Hurricanes are showing they’re being more selective with who they build the blue line in front of Cam Ward, and which players they’ll look to pair together. Now that they’ve stayed afloat, the summer should bring some free agency inquiries from the Hurricanes. Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at

Hurricanes must decide on backup goaltender

The Hurricanes have a decision to make concerning their backup goaltending. Only part of their plan for 2011-12 went to form. They brought in veteran goalie Brian Boucher to back up goalie Cam Ward, but Boucher suffered a practice injury a couple of months into the season and missed about three months. He played in 10 games and finished with one victory, which is far from what the...

McBain's extension the perfect pact for both sides

This afternoon, the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed promising defenseman Jamie McBain to a two-year extension.  The contract is worth 3.6 million and will carry a cap hit of $1.8 million. Not only is the deal appropriately priced for both sides moving forward, but it also protects all parties involved.McBain made his NHL debut in style, bursting on the scene after a successful...

McBain signs two-year deal with Carolina

Defenseman Jamie McBain signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. McBain, 24, was the team's leading scorer among defensemen with 19 assists and 27 points. He just completed his second full season in the NHL, and he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1 if he had not re-signed with Carolina.

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