SCORED TWO OVERTIME GAME-WINNERS IN PLAYOFFS
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 2, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the 2002 Eastern Conference champion Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the signing of defenseman Niclas Wallin to a two-year contract. As per club policy, no terms were announced.
Wallin, 27, played 52 games with the Hurricanes last season. He had a goal and assist with 36 penalty minutes. He was part of the regular defensive rotation in the playoffs and had two goals, one assist and 12 penalty minutes in 23 postseason games. His two playoff goals were overtime game-winners -- against Montreal on May 9 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto on May 19.
“We’re very happy to have Nic signed,” Karmanos said. “We feel he’ll play a big role with our team this year and in the future.”
Wallin (6’3”, 220 lbs.) will be entering his third NHL season. In 89 games, Wallin has totaled 3 goals, 5 assists and 57 penalty minutes. Carolina selected Wallin with the first pick of the fourth round (97th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft from Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden.