Canes sign first-rounder Hanifin to entry-level deal

Carolina Hurricanes fans enjoyed a festive moment at Saturday’s fan fest when Noah Hanifin signed his three-year, entry-level contract.

The Hurricanes provided some details regarding the deal: it pays $832,500 at the NHL level and $70K in the AHL for each season through 2017-18, while he also gets a $277,500 signing bonus.

Carolina selected Hanifin, 18, with the fifth pick of the 2015 NHL Draft. Some penciled him in behind Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel as the third-best prospect, so the defense-needy Hurricanes seem pretty excited about the blueliner.

“Noah has had a great week here during our prospect development camp,” GM Ron Francis said. “He is big, he can skate and he can move the puck. Noah fits the mold for the type of player and person we want in a Hurricanes uniform.”

For more on Hanifin, check out this profile.

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