UFA Signings Paying Off For Carolina Hurricanes

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Ron Hainsey

October11, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ron Hainsey (65) knocks the puck away from Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar (11) at PNC Center. The Kings defeated the Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

 

When it was announced Joni Pitkanen would miss the entire 2013-14 season, the Canes turned to free agent Hainsey, signing him to a one-year/$2 million deal.

Hainsey was thrown on the second pairing with Brett Bellemore and helped the young defenseman transition into the NHL, even if Bellemore was a healthy scratch last night.

The 32-year-old has two goals this season, including the game-winner against the Maple Leafs, but he has made up for Pitkanen’s loss in a different way.

Hainsey has played close to 20 minutes a game each night. With Andrej Sekera and Justin Faulk also playing those types of minutes, the Canes have a steady defenseman on the ice nearly the whole game.

Hainsey should also see some more playing time on the power-play with Tim Gleason close to a return.

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