The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up another RFA defenseman today as GM Jim Rutherford announced that the team had come to terms with newcomer Derek Joslin "on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Joslin $650,000 in 2011-12, and $750,000 in 2012-13." This will be the 24-year-old's first one-way NHL contract.
Joslin arrived in Raleigh in February as part of the deal that sent Ian White to the Sharks. The Canes also picked up the Sharks 2nd round pick in 2012 as part of that transaction. Joslin made an immediate impression with a pair of assists in one of his early games and was a regular in the line-up when injuries hampered both Jamie McBain and then Jay Harrison late in the season.
Joslin played a career high of 34 games in the NHL in 2010-11 season with 17 for the Canes and the balance in San Jose. As a RFA he filed for arbitration earlier this week, but Rutherford had indicated he didn't expect any problems with getting the young blueliner to return.
This signing makes for a 7-man defensive corps on the Carolina roster. His physicality and speed will make him a strong challenger to the regular line-up. The left-shot Ontario native routinely played 20 minutes a night, in all situations, as he became part of the regular pairings late in the year as the team challenged for a playoff berth.
The last name amongst the regulars remaining to re-sign is now the team's Alternate captain Brandon Sutter. The 22-year-old is a RFA, but does not yet qualify for arbitration. Rutherford has said he doesn't expect any problems so hopefully we'll get good news on this sooner than later.
#33 / Defenseman / Carolina Hurricanes
Mar 17, 1987
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