The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Chris Terry have agreed to a one-year, $875,000 contract extension, per the team’s website.
Terry had the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, $600,000 deal for the 2014-15 campaign.
After recording at least 59 points in four straight campaigns in the AHL, Terry had 11 goals and 20 points in 57 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes last season. He logged 12:43 minutes per game, including an average of 1:11 minutes with the man advantage.
Patrick Dwyer, Jack Hillen, and Brett Bellemore are among the players within the Hurricanes’ organization that are still eligible to test the UFA waters this summer. Carolina also has restricted free agents to re-sign, including forwards Riley Nash and Andrej Nestrasil.
Apparently Jaromir Jagr doesn’t believe the New Jersey Devils have earned a Christmas break.
Following the team’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night, Jagr sounded off.
“A break? I don’t believe in this,” Jagr told the Star-Ledger’s Rich Chere. “You can’t have a break and after three days with the holidays and without a practice are we going to be the best team in hockey? I don’t believe that. I believe in hard work, but I’m different.”
The Devils have won just three of 12 games this month.
Stephen Gionta had the lone Devils goal while Ron Hainsey’s goal midway through the third forced overtime.
Chris Terry was the lone scorer in the shootout.
“(It’s) a lack of scoring. I think a lack of confidence, too,” Jagr suggested. “I think it has to do with the practices. We’re going to have less games, so we’re going to have a chance to practice more. I think it’s going to help us for sure. It’s going to help me. I cannot talk for everybody else.”
Cory Schneider saw his record drop to 11-16-4 in the loss while Anton Khudobin made 18 saves for his first win of the season.
Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner has been in Randy Carlyle’s doghouse before. There was even a Twitter hashtag, “#FreeJakeGardiner,” that caught on at one point.
But even Gardiner’s biggest fans are having trouble sticking up for his play this season. And based on what Carlyle said today, the 24-year-old could be a healthy scratch, replaced by Korbinian Holzer, Saturday versus the Flyers.
Last night in a 4-1 loss to Carolina, Gardiner logged just under 20 minutes of ice time and finished minus-2. On the Hurricanes’ first goal, he lost his man, Chris Terry, in front of the net, and Terry was able to score:
Gardiner signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension this past summer; however, his future in Toronto remains somewhat uncertain. If the Leafs end up re-signing pending unrestricted free agent Cody Franson (a big if, mind you), might they opt to trade Gardiner while giving more responsibility to youngsters Morgan Rielly and Stuart Percy? Remember that Toronto also has d-men Dion Phaneuf, Stephane Robidas, and Roman Polak under contract past this season.
Buffalo led for the better part of this contest, but the Hurricanes rallied back from a 3-1 deficit late in the third period with goals by Chris Terry and Zach Boychuk.
Boychuk’s goal didn’t immediately count, but he was awarded with the game-tying marker after a review.
Rather than concede to the shift in momentum though, the Sabres battled back in overtime. When that didn’t solve anything, Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth and Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward faced off in an eight-round shootout.
It was 20-year-old forward Zemgus Girgensons that finally broke the tie with a backhanded shot.
This was a big win for the Sabres after head coach Ted Nolan harshly criticized his team following Monday’s 5-1 loss to Anaheim. The Hurricanes at least picked up a point, but they will have to wait until Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers for their next chance to win.