Canes extend Faulk with 6-year, $29 mil deal
Posted March 24
Raleigh, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Justin Faulk, 22, to a six-year contract extension that could earn him $29 million, the team announced Monday.
The deal will pay Faulk $2.5 million in 2014-15, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and $6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20, for an average annual salary-cap figure of $4.833 million.
“Justin has proven to be among the best young defensemen in the league as confirmed by his selection to the U.S. Olympic team,” said team President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “He has been and will continue to be the anchor of the Hurricanes’ defense for years to come.”
Faulk is in his third season with Carolina and his third as a pro. Carolina drafted Faulk in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
He has scored 16 goals and earned 45 assists (61 points) in 169 games with the Hurricanes, and he led the team in ice time over the past two seasons, averaging 22:50 per game in 2011-12 and 24:00 per game in 2012-13.
This season, Faulk has three goals and 21 assists (24 points) in 65 games and is averaging 23:21 minutes per game.