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Hurricanes sign D Gardiner to 4-year contract

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract.

Gardiner will make an average of $4.05 million each season under terms of the deal, which was announced Friday by Carolina general manager Don Waddell

Gardiner, 29, had three goals and 27 assists while playing 62 regular-season games with Toronto last season, then added two assists in seven playoff games. He has 45 goals and 200 assists during his eight-year NHL career.

Waddell says Gardiner is “a solid veteran blueliner with a proven history of contributing offensively.”

This marks the second straight offseason the Hurricanes gave a four-year deal to a free-agent defenseman. Calvin de Haan signed one a year ago, but was traded to Chicago in June.

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