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Hurricanes sign defenceman Justin Faulk to 6-year, $29 million contract extension

Montreal Canadiens' Travis Moen is checked into the boards by Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk during third period NHL hockey action Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Montreal. The Hurricanes have signed defenceman Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

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Montreal Canadiens' Travis Moen is checked into the boards by Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk during third period NHL hockey action Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Montreal. The Hurricanes have signed defenceman Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Justin Faulk to a six-year contract extension worth $29 million.

Under terms announced Monday, Faulk will make $2.5 million next season and his salary will escalate to $6 million in each of the final two seasons of the deal in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Faulk turned 22 last week and is in his third season in the NHL. He's second on the team with an average of about 23 1/2 minutes of ice time a game. He played for the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics.

General manager Jim Rutherford calls Faulk "among the best young defencemen in the league" and says he "will continue to be the anchor of the Hurricanes' defence for years to come."

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