Carolina Hurricanes Sign Goalie to Extension

After finding himself on waivers just a couple of months ago, a fine performance with a Stanley Cup contender has landed goaltender Spencer Martin a new contract.

It's a one-year deal for $775,000 for the 28-year-old who began the year playing poorly in 10 starts with the Columbus Blue Jackets. But Martin, who went 3-8-1 with the Jackets with an .887 save percentage, has really turned things around in Carolina, going 4-0-1 in five starts, with a stellar .922 Sv% and an equally pristine 1.97 goals against average.

"Spencer has been an excellent addition to our team," said Canes GM Don Waddell. "He stepped right in and played well for us, and we are excited to sign him for next season."

Goaltending was a weak spot for the Hurricanes pretty much all season long, and several goalie trade candidates had been linked to them throughout the year. But now they feel they've got a handle on a solid backup, while starter Frederik Anderson is back in action after a blood clotting issue knocked him out for much of the season. Andersen just recorded his first shutout of the year on Thursday in just his third start since returning. 

Martin, in four NHL seasons and 56 games, has a 21-25-7 record, a 3.47 goals-against average and .889 save percentage. He's also suited up with the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche in addition to Carolina and Columbus.

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