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Canes, Harrison come to terms

On Thursday, there was a Hurricanes player signing after all.  Defenseman Jay Harrison, who would have become an UFA on July 1, agreed to a two-year deal which will pay him $650k in 2011-12 and $750k in 2012-13.  Last season was the final year of a two-year minimum-wage contract.  The minimum NHL salary for the 2011-12 season will rise from $500k to $525k.

This is presumably a one-way deal, although the official report doesn’t specify.

I was really hoping that this would get done, as Harrison was a much improved player and seems to be a really great guy in the room.  I will expect the Canes to also sign defenseman and RFA-to-be Derek Joslin some time fairly soon. 

If a trade is made to get rid of Joni Pitkanen’s rights, I would expect that to happen late next week, or possibly at the draft next weekend.

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.