Joni Pitkanen agrees to 3-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes

Joni Pitkanen, the UFA player considered the most questionable to return because of the expected high price for his services, has agreed to a three-year contract at $4.5 million per year. The details were announced by Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford a short time ago. This is the same amount as Pitkanen made in the final year of his previous contract in Carolina.

Pitkanen, who will be 28 in September, has been with the Hurricanes the past 3 seasons, and has led the team for ice time, playing in all situations, under the Coach Paul Maurice. 


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG GWG
SOG TOI/game
2010 - 11  Joni Pitkanen 72 5 30 35 -2 60 1 1 144

25:01

2009 - 10   71 6 40 46 -11 72 1 1 161

27:22

2008 - 09  (reg season) 71 7 26 33 +11 58 2 3 147

24:48


 

Since the end of the season we've heard numerous statements from Rutherford on the diminishing likelihood of Pitkanen coming to terms with Carolina and, until this past weekend, it appeared that he would be going to the free agent market to possibly land a $5million+/year lengthy contract. While in St Paul for the NHL Entry Draft, Rutherford was able to meet with players' agents face-to-face and stated Saturday afternoon he was hopeful that most of them would be re-signed. 

Link to Full Release

Canes fans are still awaiting news on the status of Erik Cole, Chad LaRose and Jussi Jokinen, all of whom are popular in Raleigh. Erik Cole, the oldest at 31, is coming off a career year.

***UPDATE: The Canes' Paul Branecky posted comments from Rutherford at the team's website this afternoon. Canes Sign Two; Others May Leave which quotes the GM to have some "harsh words" regarding Cole, LaRose and Jokinen. Interpretations at face value and (of course) between the lines of these comments are generating a lot of discussion in the comments below. 

After the jump, we've got a poll to indicate your feelings about the Pitkanen announcement.

 

POLL:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Join Canes Country

You must be a member of Canes Country to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Canes Country. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker