The bright spots have been few and far between for the Carolina Hurricanes on the ice this season. Luckily, Carolina has secured one of their future building blocks with a brand new contract extension.
Monday, the Hurricanes signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension that is worth $29 million in total. That averages out to an extremely-affordable $4.83 million average annual value. Faulk, who turned 22 just four days ago, has evolved into one of the Canes’ best blueliners. Additionally, Faulk has gained respect throughout the league as he was a member of the American hockey team at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi.
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) March 24, 2014
In 65 games with Carolina this season, Faulk is seventh on the team (second among defensemen) with three goals and 21 assists for 24 points, in addition to a minus-5 rating. That’s all while averaging 23:22 of ice time per game, which is incredible for such a young defenseman. For his 169-game NHL career, Faulk has 16 goals and 45 assists.
While the Hurricanes have what seems to be a very well-balanced team on paper, the fact is that the team will be missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year, and major changes could be on the way. General manager Jim Rutherford is expecting to be stepping down from his position after 20 seasons at the helm of the Carolina organization. Major Hurricanes players, such as Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, and even captain Eric Staal could all be on the trade block under new management.
For a team that could be entering a period of great turmoil, the Hurricanes surely will benefit from having a young building block like Faulk in tow.
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