Harrison, Hurricanes agree on three-year, $4.5 million extension

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Jay Harrison to a three-year, $4.5 million contract extension that will keep the 29-year-old club property through 2015-16.

Harrison had nine goals and 14 assists in 2011-12 while averaging 20:33 per game — by far his best season professionally.

“Jay has developed into a consistent, steadying presence for our defense,” said Canes GM Jim Rutherford in a release. “He is capable of providing both physicality and offense, and we are happy to now have him under contract for the next four seasons.”