Carolina Re-Signs Brind’Amour
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Center Rod Brind’Amour has agreed to a 6-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The deal is worth just under $5 million a year for five years, with an option for a sixth year that would bring the total package to about $30 million.
``In order to have a successful team, you need to have players like Rod Brind’Amour,″ Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday when the extension was announced. ``Both sides preferred that this get done and not drag into the season and into when Rod would become an unrestricted free agent.″
Brind’Amour was scheduled to make $4.25 million this season and would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 without the extension. His agent, Ron Perrick, said the contract includes a no-trade clause, which sealed the deal for Brind’Amour.
``He is an important part of the Hurricanes present and future,″ Rutherford said.
The 31-year-old Brind’Amour was third on the team with 36 assists and tied for third with 20 goals last season. He was acquired by Carolina in January 2000 in a trade that sent holdout center Keith Primeau to the Philadelphia Flyers.
In 112 games with the Hurricanes, Brind’Amour has 24 goals and 46 assists. He has 302 goals and 479 assists in 902 NHL games over 12 seasons.