It came a little later than they had hoped, but the Carolina Hurricanes announced today that they have signed defenseman Jamie McBain to a two-year contract. McBain will be paid $1.7 million in 2012-13 and $1.9 million in 2013-14.
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Hurricanes organization expressed interest in working on 24-year old McBain’s contract during exit interviews at the end of the season. McBain was asked to play for Team USA during the IIHF World Championships, which Rutherford had hoped he would participate in to gain the experience.
Rutherford said of the signing:
“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 led Hurricanes defenseman in points and assists in the 2011-12 season. The 2012-13 season will be McBain’s fourth year at the pro level, after playing three years at the University of Wisconsin. The D-man spent most of the second half of the 2011-12 season paired with Jaroslav Spacek.
Some of the highlights from McBain’s NHL career so far:
-McBain was one of 12 NHL rookies to participate in the superskills competition at the 2011 All-Star Weekend in Raleigh.
-He played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game in the 2011-12 season on November 4 against the Washington Capitals.
-McBain celebrated a win with his Canes teammates in his home state of Minnesota when the Hurricanes defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on March 17.
-He got his own bobblehead people!
McBain was one of the first in line to send a signed jersey and card from the Canes to Minnesota high school player Jack Jablonski. The 16-year old, who was once coached by McBain’s father, was paralyzed from a check into the boards in January 2012. Though doctors say he will never walk or skate again, Jablonski is determined to step back on the ice again in the future. McBain visited Jack during the 2012 All-Star break.
With McBain’s contract out of the way, the Canes now have six defenseman under contract for 2012-13: Justin Faulk, Tim Gleason, Jay Harrison, Derek Joslin, McBain, and Joni Pitkanen. The future of Spacek and Bryan Allen remain uncertain. Chip Alexander of the News & Observer reports via Twitter that Allen will test free agency on July 1, after turning down at least one reported offer from the Canes. The Hurricanes have also announced Bobby Sanguinetti, who impressed the organization not only during his call up late in the season, to a one-year, two-way contract. More about that here. In other signing news, forward Nicolas Blanchard has signed a two-year, two-way contract. The official release from the Canes can be seen here.
I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing Mr. McBain in deep thought on the Hurricanes bench prior to warmups for the next two years! Send your congrats to Jamie on Twitter @jbain4.
Topics: Bobby Sanguinetti, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Checkers, Derek Joslin, Jack Jablonski, Jamie McBain, Jaroslav Spacek, Jay Harrison, Jim Rutherford, Joni Pitkanen, Justin Faulk, Marc-Andre Fleury, Minnesota Wild, Nicolas Blanchard, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tim Gleason