Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 06/16/11 at 04:36 PM ET
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.