The Hurricanes signed Victor Rask to a six-year contract extension worth $24 million ($4.0M AAV) on July 12th.
Rask, 23, is coming off of his second full NHL season and it was a good one. After a solid rookie campaign, Rask notched 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, which was tied for second on the team. Rask has settled in as the Hurricanes’ second-line centre behind Jordan Staal and should push for 50 points in 2016-17.
The Hurricanes have signed Viktor Stalberg to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
Stalberg, 30, collected 20 points (9G / 11A) in 75 games with the Rangers last season. The 6-foot-3 forward possesses great speed for his size and now moves to his fifth team in his NHL career. The Hurricanes are a thin group upfront, so expect him to play in their top-9.
The Hurricanes have signed Lee Stempniak to a two-year deal worth $5 million ($2.5M AAV).
Stempniak’s tour around the NHL continues as he has now signed with his 10th NHL team and seventh in the last four seasons. Despite moving around frequently, his offensive ability has remained consistent. He is coming off of a great season, where he recorded 19 goals and 32 assists (51 points) in 82 games with the Devils (63) and the Bruins (19). Stempniak figures to play a top-6 role in Carolina.
The Hurricanes signed Cam Ward to a two-year contract extension worth $6.6 million.
Ward started 51 of the Hurricanes 82 games this season, going 23-17-5 with a 2.41 GAA and .909 SV%. The 32-year-old has spent the first 10 years of his NHL career in Carolina and will be set to share the crease with Eddie Lack again in 2016-17. Ward has a career 2.70 GAA and .910 SV%.
Ward stopped 35 of 36 shots in the Hurricanes shootout win in Boston on Tuesday. Ward has won three of his last four starts while posting a 1.68 GAA and .941 SV%. Tonight he will make his third start against the Canadiens—Ward is 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .958 SV% in the firs two meetings of the season.
The Hurricanes have recalled Derek Ryan from Charlotte (AHL).
Ryan has been recalled on a few separate occasions, appearing in five games with the Hurricanes. He has two goals in those games and comes up from Charlotte, where he has 23 goals and 32 assists (55 points) in 70 games.
Ward allowed three goals on 27 shots in the Hurricanes win over the Rangers last Thursday. Eddie Lack got the nod on Saturday, but Ward will start tonight in Boston. He has won two of his last three starts and has gone 1-1-0 wit ha 2.52 GAA and .906 SV% in two starts against the Bruins this season.