The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday signed defenseman Justin Faulk to a six-year, $29 million contract extension. Faulk will receive $2.5 million in 2014-15, $3.5 million in 2015-16, $5.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and $6 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20, for an average annual salary-cap figure of $4.833 million.
Faulk, who turned 22 this past Thursday, has three goals and 24 points in 65 games this season, his third in the NHL. He also represented the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"It's pretty exciting," Faulk said. "I'm happy to be here for another six years. I think we have a pretty good group of guys here, a good core of guys to build off of. If you look at our team, it's a good team to be a part of and good guys to have around. I think it's just going to keep getting better from here on out."
Faulk has scored 16 goals and 61 points in 169 career games with the Hurricanes. He has led all Hurricanes skaters in time on ice per game in each of the past two seasons, averaging 22:50 per game in 2011-12, and 24:00 per game in 2012-13.
"Justin has proven to be among the best young defensemen in the League as confirmed by his selection to the U.S. Olympic team," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He has been and will continue to be the anchor of the Hurricanes' defense for years to come."
Faulk, a second-round pick (No. 37) in the 2010 NHL Draft, was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, becoming the eighth player in franchise history to receive that honor. In late January 2012, he represented the Hurricanes as one of 12 NHL rookies selected to take part in 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Ottawa.
Faulk turned professional in 2011 after helping the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to a national championship in his freshman season.