On the same day that reports surfaced that current general manager Jim Rutherford was set to step down from his position at the end of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have announced that the team has agreed to a long-term contract extension with defenseman Justin Faulk.
The contract is for six years and worth a total of $29 million. The extension will pay Faulk $2.5 million in 2014-15, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and $6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20. It comes down to an average annual cap hit of $4.833 million.
Faulk, 22, was a pending restricted free agent, and made his first Olympic team when he represented the United States in Sochi, Russia last month.
“Justin has proven to be among the best young defensemen in the league as confirmed by his selection to the U.S. Olympic team,” Rutherford said in a statement. “He has been and will continue to be the anchor of the Hurricanes’ defense for years to come.”
Faulk has 24 points for the Hurricanes this season which is second on the team in defensive scoring.
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