Apparently, the Carolina Hurricanes liked what they saw of Michal Jordan last season. They just announced the re-signing of the defenseman to a one-year deal which will pay him $625,000 next year.
The deal looks to be a one-way deal which will pay him the same amount whether he stays in Raleigh or is assigned to Charlotte. That's putting a lot of faith in a player with 43 career NHL games. It also says a lot what they feel about Jordan since they refused to give a one-way deal to Brett Bellemore last offseason.
Jordan had ups and downs last year and finished with 2G 4A and a +/-(-7) rating. He averaged 15:57 of ice time per game and chipped in with 61 blocked shots, 36 hits, 8 takeaways and 19 giveaways.
The team's presser follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 18, 2015
‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MICHAL JORDAN
Czech native established NHL career high in games played in 2014-15
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Jordan on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Jordan $625,000 for the 2015-16 season.
"Michal took great strides last season, and continued that progress when he represented his home country as it hosted the World Championship," said Francis. "He’s still a young defenseman, and we expect him to continue to improve going forward."
Jordan, 24, established NHL career highs in games played (38), goals (2), assists (4) and points (6) during the 2014-15 season with Carolina. The Zlin, Czech Republic native ranked sixth on the team with 61 blocked shots in just 38 games. He also appeared in 30 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Charlotte, totaling 11 points (2g, 9a).
Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Jordan (6’1", 195 lbs.) has totaled six points (2g, 4a) and six penalty minutes in 43 career NHL games. He has appeared in 297 career AHL games with Charlotte, totaling 92 points (20g, 72a) and 124 penalty minutes. Jordan has represented the Czech Republic in a number of international competitions, including the 2008, 2009 and 2010 World Junior Championships, and the 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Championships.