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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hurricanes Re-Sign McBain, Sanguinetti, Blanchard

The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that they have signed defenseman Jamie McBain to a two-year, $3.6 million contract extension.  The team also re-signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a one-year, two-way contract and left wing Nicolas Blanchard to a two-year, two-way contract.  McBain's deal will pay him $1.8 million per season, while Sanguinetti will earn $700,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.  Blanchard will earn $525,000 if he plays in the NHL and $105,000 if he plays in the AHL.  All three players would have been free agents this summer.  In 76 games this past season, McBain had eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points.  Sanguinetti was held pointless in three games with Carolina.  He also appeared in 60 games with Charlotte of the AHL, scoring 10 goals and 40 assists for 50 points.  Blanchard had nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points and 103 penalty minutes in 68 games with Charlotte.  He has yet to appear in an NHL game.

McBain has lots of offensive upside and skill, as well as good size and plenty of talent for the power play.  Look for him to play a top-four role and continue to improve his defensive skills over the next two seasons.  Sanguinetti has plenty of offensive upside and size and could crack Carolina's lineup next season if he impresses at training camp in the fall.  Blanchard is really just a depth signing and will likely spend the majority of the next two seasons in the minors, where he will provide some offensive depth and toughness for Charlotte.  If he does see any action with the Hurricanes, it will likely be on the checking lines.

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