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.
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