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Hurricanes hand Gerbe two-year, $3.5 million extension

Jun 24, 2014, 6:46 PM EDT

Nathan Gerbe AP

It’s been a busy Tuesday for the Carolina Hurricanes (and really, a busy week in general). The latest move comes as the franchise locked up forward Nathan Gerbe to a two-year, $3.5 million extension.

The contract is worth $1.5 million in 2014-15 and $2 million in 2015-16.

Much like today’s other noteworthy signing* Ron Hainsey, Gerbe made an impression with Carolina in his first season with the ‘Canes. The under-sized forward scored 16 goals and 31 points in 2013-14, tying career-highs in the process.

Despite being a small player, it doesn’t seem like Gerbe’s offensive stats masked overall deficiencies, as his possession stats were pretty solid last season to boot.

With new head coach Bill Peters in the mix and these supporting cast players returning, the Hurricanes are covering their bases early in the offseason. Then again, these moves could also be the prelude of even bigger things to come as new GM Ron Francis changes things up.

* – They also locked up Chris Terry to a one-year, two-way deal today.

  1. djshnooks - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The smurf can be good with talent around him. He was a fan favorite in Buffalo for a little while, but when you start to rely on him for scoring in a top-6 role, it’s scary…especially with no defensive help.

  2. raleighcaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    He played with more heart than Eric and Jordan Staal combined. Glad the Canes resigned him…

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