The Carolina Hurricanes have resigned defenseman Ron Hainsey to a three-year contract. Hainsey completed his first season with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2013-2014.
The deal will pay Ron Hainsey a total of $8.5 million throughout the three seasons. Ron Hainsey will get $3 million in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He will then get $2.5 million in the 2016-2017 season.
It was important that the Carolina Hurricanes did not overpay to keep Ron Hainsey in the fold. The Carolina Hurricanes and Ron Hainsey were able to agree on a reasonable deal that keeps the 33-year-old in the fray through the 2016-2017 season.
Ron Hainsey was one of two players on the Carolina Hurricanes who played in all 82 games last season. Jordan Staal was the only other player to do so.
In 82 games played, Ron Hainsey tallied 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) for the Carolina Hurricanes with a -9 rating. Ron Hainsey signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in September of 2013.
The Carolina Hurricanes now have Justin Faulk, Ron Hainsey, Jay Harrison, John-Michael Liles, Ryan Murphy, and Andrej Sekera all under contract. Joni Pitkanen, Mike Komisarek, and Brett Bellemore are all unrestricted free agents.
With six defensemen under contract, the Carolina Hurricanes will need to move players around via trade or buy-out to open up room for potential newcomers, which is something the Carolina Hurricanes need.
The Carolina Hurricanes definitely need a new guy to join the defensive top-four. The signing of Ron Hainsey was a good one for the Carolina Hurricanes, but they certainly shouldn’t be done yet.
The Carolina Hurricanes also resigned pending restricted free agent Chris Terry today to a one-year, two-way contract.