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‘Canes re-sign Hainsey: three years, $8 million

Jun 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes originally signed Ron Hainsey as a stopgap following the loss of Joni Pitkanen.

Turns out that stopgap worked pretty well.

On Tuesday, the ‘Canes re-upped with Hainsey on a three-year, $8 million deal. It’s a nice bump from the one-year, $2 million deal he played on last season — he’ll get $3M in salary this year, $2.5M in 2015-16 and 2016-17 — and a cap-friendly contract ($2.83M annually) for Carolina as well.

Hainsey, 33, proved to be a valuable contributor for the ‘Canes last season, one of just two players to appear in all 82 games. He had four goals and 15 points while averaging over 21 minutes a night and finishing second on the team in blocked shots, with 124.

Though it’s not the flashiest of moves, re-upping with Hainsey is the first significant one from new GM Ron Francis and has to be seen as a reasonably good one. The ability to keep a productive d-man free agent at a reasonable price is no easy feat, especially in a weak market where several veterans are looking to cash in.

It is, as Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish said, “a good year to be a UFA.”

 

  1. storminator16 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Solid veteran player who ate up a lot of quality minutes for the Canes. Jim Rutherford would have let a guy like this walk in free agency. For the past 20 years he had a habit of not really negotiating 30+ year old role players. Would have been tough to replace Hainsey’s minutes if the Canes are trending toward keeping costs down. Not the flashiest of moves but a move that was very necessary. Surprised Hainsey wanted to stick around but a 3 year deal isn’t bad for a 33 year old. Still, Canes would be better suited to find another d-man to eat up top 4 minutes.

  2. skeeterbarnes - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    This guy is bottom pair material at the best of times. The Jets got better by letting him go. Maybe it was his contract that just way overpaid him but he just could not cut it here.

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