The Hurricanes gave Rod Brind'Amour a long-term deal in 2006 and despite some longer term injuries, Brind'Amour will honour another year on that deal next season by not retiring in the off-season. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the 38-year old veteran will be returning to the Hurricanes in the 2009/'10 season, after a successful campaign following an off-season knee surgery.
This seaosn, Brind'Amour has only missed two games this season. Playing in 69 games, he has scored 12 goals and 26 assists, ranking him in 176th heading into the week. Unfortunately for Brind'Amour, he was off to one of the worst starts in his career when it came to the plus/minus statistic, as he reached a league-worst -30. His current ranking should put him on a few lists come Draft day next season.
Brind'Amour still has two years left on his current deal, which has a cap hit of $3.6 million for the Hurricanes. He may not be the offensive force he once was, but he still brings a lot to the face-off circle, especially in the defensive zone.