Sunday, June 25, 2006

Canes make off-season moves

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed captain Rod Brind'Amour to a five year deal.
The deal will pay the veteran centre $4 million in each of the first three years, and $3 million in each of the last two years, and is in lieu of the 2006-07 option on his prior contract.
"There is no substitute for having a player as dedicated and determined as Rod to lead the team," said Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford. "His leadership and play on the ice were key components to winning the Stanley Cup, and his commitment to the Hurricanes organization and the community off the ice makes him a great ambassador for our team and the Triangle area."
The Professional Hockey Writers' Association selected Brind'Amour, 35, as the 2005-06 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the Best Defensive Forward at Thursday's NHL Awards.
During the regular season, the Campbell River, BC native played in 78 of 82 regular-season games and scored 31 goals and 39 assists (70 points) to rank tied for second on the team in goals and fourth on the team in points. Brind'Amour's 19 power-play goals ranked tied for first on the team and eighth in the NHL.

RALEIGH, N.C. (CP) - Peter Laviolette helped give the Carolina Hurricanes their first ever Stanley Cup so the NHL team is giving its coach some job security.
Laviolette agreed to a new five-year contract with the Hurricanes on Sunday, keeping him in Carolina until 2011.
''Peter's coaching helped bring our team together to win hockey's ultimate prize last season,'' Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said in a release. ''His aggressive, up-tempo style of play allows for success under the league's new rules, and his leadership has yielded great results for his teams throughout his career.''
The Hurricanes also re-signed assistant coaches Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Daniels to new five-year contracts and promoted McCarthy to the role of associate head coach.
Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2005-06. He guided the Hurricanes to a 52-22-8 record last season, setting new franchise records for wins (52), home wins (31) and points (112) in the regular season.
Carolina then beat Edmonton in the seven-game Stanley Cup final, giving the franchise its first ever NHL championship.

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