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      Carolina Hurricanes

      The Hurricanes have signed Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract worth $16.2 million ($4.05M AAV).

      Gardiner had to sit and wait a long time as a free agent but finally got signed on Friday. Gardiner spent eight seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs but is coming off of a disappointing 30 points (3G / 27A) in 62 games in 2019. Now the 29-year-old joins Carolina, who already has a loaded blueline, but he could slot onto the second-pair with Brett Pesce and play on the second power-play unit with either Justin Faulk or Dougie Hamilton.

      Source: Carolina Hurricanes 09/6/19, 5:43 pm EST

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      Gardiner (back) expects to play Thursday but will be a game-time decision.

      Gardiner has been out since February 25th but is expected to return tonight vs. the Lightning. Gardiner told reporters that he elected not to have surgery on his injured back which allowed him to return right before the playoffs. Gardiner was on-pace for a 40-plus point season before getting hurt, tallying two goals and 27 assists (29 points) in 60 games.

      Source: Chris Johnston 04/4/19, 11:17 am EST

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