The Carolina Hurricanes came to terms Tuesday on a new two-year deal with defenseman Jamie McBain. McBain, who was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, will earn $1.7 mIllion in 2012-13 and 1.9 million in 2013-14. McBain earned $735,000 last season ($850,000 cap hit), the final year of his entry-level contract.
McBain played in 76 games each of the past two seasons with Carolina, registering a combined 57 points. He set career highs in goals (eight) and power play goals (five) in 2011-12, and also had just four penalty minutes — tying him for the fewest PIMs in the NHL among those playing in at least 50 games.
The Hurricanes now have six defenseman under contract for next season, with McBain joining Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason, Justin Faulk, Jay Harrison and Derek Joslin among those with one-way deals. Both Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek will be unrestricted free agents.
The release from the team is after the jump.
‘CANES, McBAIN AGREE TO TERMS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL
Led all Carolina defensemen in assists and points in 2011-12
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Jamie McBain on a two-year contract. The deal will pay McBain $1.7 million in 2012-13, and $1.9 million in 2013-14.
"Jamie is still a very young player who has established himself as an NHL defenseman," said Rutherford. "He moves the puck well and has shown that he can contribute offensively, especially on the power play."
McBain, 24, completed his third full professional season in 2011-12, leading all Hurricanes defensemen with 19 assists and 27 points. The Edina, MN, native led team blueliners with five power-play goals and was second among Carolina defensemen with 11 power-play points. McBain (6’2", 200 lbs.) has scored 18 goals and earned 49 assists (67 points) in 166 career NHL regular-season games with the Hurricanes since turning professional following three seasons at the University of Wisconsin. Carolina drafted McBain in the second round, 63rd overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.