The Canes signed defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a new 3-year, $13.5 million deal, and Patrick Dwyer to a new 2-year, $1.25 million deal, on Tuesday.
In 2011, Pitkanen finished 37th in defensemen scoring with 35 points (5 goals and 30 assists) in 72 games, which was somewhat of an off-year for the Finnish defender. Dwyer played in 80 games for the Hurricanes last season, scoring 8 goals and 10 assists, not making him into a real fantasy player, in my pools any way. Both players have been tabbed as key figures for future success for the Hurricanes and will get at least a couple of years to work that out.
|Eric Staal||Joe Corvo||Cam Ward|
|Jeff Skinner||Joni Pitkanen||Justin Peters|
|Tuomo Ruutu||Jamie McBain|
|Patrick Dwyer||Bryan Allen|
As you can tell, the Hurricanes are one of the few teams that are truly working from the back outwards in their team building approach. With four forwards, six defense and two goalies signed on, the Hurricanes are well under budget at a projected cap hit of $34.9 million, still leaving plenty of space for some key additions, namely some of their own restricted free agents. I don't see any cap concerns here this year.