Defenseman scored third career playoff overtime winner during 2006 Cup run
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 30, 2006
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Niclas Wallin to a four-year contract. The deal will pay Wallin $1.725 million per year.
“Nic has become one of our most reliable defenseman over the past few seasons,” said Rutherford. “He is extremely well-liked by his teammates and was a key part of our blueline corps during the playoffs.”
Originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round (90th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Wallin, 31, established a career high with four goals in 50 regular season games during the 2005-06 regular season. The Boden, Sweden, native tallied one goal and four assists (5 points) while playing in all 25 games of the Hurricanes’ drive to their first Stanley Cup title. His one goal came at 3:09 of overtime in Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was the franchise-record third playoff overtime goal of his career.
Wallin (6’3’’, 220 lbs.) has totaled 12 goals and 24 assists (36 points) and 221 penalty minutes in 273 career NHL games, all with Carolina.
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