Hurricanes Sign Gardiner

by | Sep 6, 2019 | News, NHL, Rumors | 19 comments

The Carolina Hurricanes announced the signing of defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four-year, $16.2-million contract. The annual average value is $4.05 million.

Jake Gardiner signs a four-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for speculation of Gardiner rejoining the Toronto Maple Leafs. The salary-cap hit is similar to what the 29-year-old had with the Leafs, though for one year less. It’s much less than the $7 million some observers projected he’d received when the unrestricted free agent market opened on July 1.

Gardiner is part of a very deep Hurricanes defense corps, joining Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce, Dougie Hamilton, and Justin Faulk. A skilled puck-moving rearguard, he should provide a welcome boost to their blueline production, especially on the power play.

Gardiner also missed 20 games in 2018-19 with a back injury, sending his production tumbling from 52 points in 2017-18 to 30 points last season. That could account for why he didn’t land a more expensive contract. If Gardiner’s fully recovered, however, his point total could rise again to over 40 in 2019-20.

This signing also pushes the Hurricanes above the $81.5-million salary cap by over $1.5 million. They could be forced to trade a player, though that might not be necessary right away if Trevor van Riemsdyk hasn’t recovered from off-season shoulder surgery to open the season. They could also get some savings by demoting a player or two. such as forward Martin Necas and defenseman Gustav Forsling. 


  1. It’s obvious Jake wasn’t getting the big offers lots thought! Lol I’d say the canes offered him the most term

    • Carolina taxes are fair too so taking less for security is a smart move by Jake

      • I think Carolina is a quieter hockey town also and he won’t be the scapegoat in Carolina

    • For certain Bigbadbruins. I offered the opinion a few weeks back that he and his agent could forget about anything approaching $6-7 mil and that he’d be lucky to get as much as he did last season and for a term nowhere near 7 years. On that score I was thinking he’d get a “show-me” year to prove to a GM that his back issues weren’t of the chronic variety. Getting 4 years was a surprise – and a bit of a gamble on Carolina’s part if the back flares up again. Then again, I’d bet they had long conversations with his doctors before forking that over so I guess everyone is optimistic on that score.

  2. Dubas dropped the ball big time. He could have Gardiner instead of Ceci.

  3. Doeskin Carolina have like 5000 defense man?

    Who sits….

    • Slavin-Hamilton

      eventually vanRiemsdyk (LTIR?)

      Fodder for Charlotte/trades: Forsling/McKeown/Priskie

      • The Metro is up for grabs for sure and that D core is solid.
        I don’t think Laine talk is that far off…

      • @myself
        I mean Laine talk ‘is not so far off base’

        Canes have 7 Fins on the extended roster…
        Take a chance on JP?

  4. As I mention in the main rumours thread, the Hurricanes are now shown in CapFriendly with a 24-man roster and $1,554,791 over the cap. They list 8 D – Hamilton, Slavin, Faulk, Gardiner, Pesce, Van Riensdyck, Forsling and Fleury – the last 2 are at minimal ELCs so sending one 1 to the minors wouldn’t clear that (and might require waivers), so you have to think another trade could now be in the offing.

    • Does this signing make the report in today’s Rumor Mill of the Hurricanes supposedly offering Andrei Svechnikov and either Jaccob Slavin or Brett Pesce for Patrik Laine more believanle? Slavin’s cap hit is $5,300,000, and Svechnikov’s is $925,000. Together, that’s $6,225 000 toward landing Laine at $7,500,000, and one more very workable trade from getting the Huricanes under the cap.

      • We’ll soon see Francis. Although, without being reasonably certain what Laine would sign for and for how long in advance of any deal, that’d be like buying a pig in a poke. Maybe Cheveladayov gives Carolina permission to talk to Laine and his agent first.

      • Slavin isn’t going anywhere. He’s their top-pairing left-wide d-man. In fact, he’s their best defenseman. Gardiner won’t be filling that role.

    • The list of RFAs continues to be shaved with the re-signing of Perlini by the Hawks – 1 year at $874,125, That leaves them with $2,462,414 in cap space and 21 at the MLL. With D Calvin De Haan not due back until late Nov following right shoulder surgery a portion of his $4,550,000 cap hit could be used on Day 1 of the reg season if they wanted to add one more veteran – maybe McQuad, Pengy? Or Hutton?;

      • George O…DeHaan was traded to the Hawks

      • ? The Hawks are who I’m talking about, i.e., they now have $2,462,414 in cap space after re-signing Perlini and with De Haan out until late Nov they could also add in a portion of his $4,550,000 cap hit to bring in one more player – such as McQuaid or Hutton.

  5. nice to see McQuaid hanging out with the B’s, they can sure use some depth on the D and toughness hope he stays around

  6. Happy For Jake signing in Carolina: Ya, It well below his market value expectations but he’s got term and a marketplace where everything he does or doesn’t do will not be under a microscope.

  7. Canes have a great D corps. IMO top 5 in the NHL easily. Hopefully for them their goaltending is up to the task.
    I also think JG’s back issues scared teams off.