The Carolina Hurricanes have many unrestricted and restricted free agents at the end of the season. Many of those players have played very well on cheap contracts, and are due for big pay increases.
Justin Faulk has played incredibly well at a young age over the past few years. His three-year entry level contract expires at the end of the season, and will be due for a huge pay increase this summer.
The USA Olympian was paid just under $900k this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, and will turn 22-years-old on March 20.
Justin Faulk won’t get ridiculous money. He will get a big increase from his dirt cheap entry-level deal, but the big thing holding him back from his huge pay day is his offense.
His defense has been terrific over the years, but there hasn’t been much development in his offense. This is kind of concerning, but he is only 21-years-old, so he has plenty of time to improve.
Current Contract: Three years, AAV of $900k
Next Contract Prediction: Three-Four years, AAV of $4 Million
Nathan Gerbe shocked the entire league when he emerged as a reliable point producer in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes. Nathan Gerbe’s 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 65 games ranks sixth on the team.
At $550k, Nathan Gerbe is getting paid the least out of any player on the Carolina Hurricanes NHL roster. He is getting paid the league minimum, so obviously he can only go up, and he will.
Whether Nathan Gerbe stays with the Carolina Hurricanes or goes else where at the end of the season, he will undoubtedly get a big pay increase.
Current Contract: One year, AAV of $550k
Next Contract Prediction: Two years, AAV of $1.5-2 million
The Carolina Hurricanes were in a tough situation this past summer. They lost Joni Pitkanen to a potential career ending injury, and had to scramble and sign a defenseman, so they signed Ron Hainsey
Ron Hainsey has been much more than just a stop-gap for Joni Pitkanen. He has been a terrific top-four defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, and will likely get a pay increase this off-season.
Ron Hainsey’s current $2 million salary is fairly cheap for what he brings to the Carolina Hurricanes. The 32-year-old will likely get a salary increase wherever he ends up this summer.
Current Contract: One year, AAV of $2 million
Next Contract Prediction: Two years, AAV of $3 million