Report: Carolina Hurricanes Extend Jordan Martinook

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed a contract extension with forward Jordan Martinook on the first day of free agency. The new deal is for three years with an annual cap hit of $1.8 million. Elliotte Friedman reported the news Wednesday afternoon.

Hurricanes Extend Jordan Martinook

Martnook was a solid secondary contributor in 2020-21. He scored four goals and 13 points in 37 games on top of 90 hits and 20 blocks. He also managed to post a 51.4 percent Corsi For, but the team was somewhat less productive overall due to his -2.7 relative Corsi. Martinook’s numbers are reasonable when you consider that he was on a deep team and averaged just 12:45 of ice time per night.

The Arizona Coyotes originally drafted Martinook in the second round of the 2012 Draft, but his first significant action did not come until 2014-15. He skated in Arizona for several seasons before being sent to Carolina in 2018 in exchange for Marcus Kruger and a draft pick. Overall, Martinook has mostly been a checking forward with 605 hits and 241 blocks, but he also has a respectable 47 goals and 116 points in 418 NHL games. He is getting older at 29 years old, but there are many productive years left for the Brandon, Manitoba native.

What This Means

Carolina will have a fairly well-stocked roster heading into 2021-22, but there will be space somewhere for Martinook. He was one of the team’s secondary face-off men and contributed to the penalty-kill unit as well. He provides good value for a talented team at just $1.8 million for each of the next three seasons.

Carolina has been one of the most active teams so far in free agency. They have signed or traded for several players including Frederik Anderson and Ethan Bear. They still have roughly $15 million with which to sign other players as well. Restricted free agent Andrei Svechnikov could be the next major signing for the franchise as summer continues.

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