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Canes Sign Nordstrom to Two-Year Extension

by Terrell Williams / Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Joakim Nordstrom on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Nordstrom $1.25 million during the 2016-17 season and $1.3 million in 2017-18.

“Joakim took a major step forward in his career last season,” said Francis. “We expect him to continue to grow as both a player and a leader on our team.”

Nordstrom, 24, established NHL career highs in games played (71), goals (10), assists (14) and points (24) during the 2015-16 season with the Hurricanes. The Stockholm native was acquired by Carolina from Chicago on Sept. 11, 2015, along with Kris Versteeg and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, in exchange for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie and a fifth-round pick in 2017. Nordstrom ranked fourth among Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus (+1) in 2015-16, and was a key member of the team’s penalty kill, which ranked sixth in the league.

Chicago’s third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Nordstrom (6’1”, 189 lbs.) has totaled 30 points (11g, 19a) and 18 penalty minutes in 125 career regular-season games with Chicago and Carolina. He has appeared in 10 playoff games, and was a part of the Blackhawks’ 2015 Stanley Cup championship team.

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