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Hurricanes and Ward agree $37.8 million contract extension

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – The Carolina Hurricanes and netminder Cam Ward have agreed a six-year $37.8 million contract extension, the NHL club said on Wednesday.

The deal, which begins next season and runs through 2015-16 will pay the 25-year-old Canadian an average of $6.3 million a year.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Cam prior to the season,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said on the team’s website (http:/hurricanes.nhl.com).

“Signing Cam long term, along with Eric Staal, gives us a strong foundation to build teams year after year.”

The Hurricanes first-round pick in the 2002 draft, Ward made a spectacular NHL debut, backstopping Carolina to their only Stanley Cup in 2006, capturing the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player.

One of four netminders invited to try out for Canada’s 2010 Olympic team, Ward is entering his fifth season in Carolina with a career regular-season record of 120-77-18.

(Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Ed Osmond)