RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with forward Joakim Nordstrom. Under the new deal, Nordstrom will be paid $1.25 million during the 2016-17 season, and $1.3 million in the 2017-18 season with Carolina.
Last season, Nordstrom, 24, established NHL career highs in games played(71), goals(10), assists(14), and points(24) with the Hurricanes, and he was ranked fourth among Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus(+1) in the 2015-16 campaign, and was a key member of the team’s penalty kill unit, which finished sixth in the league during the regular season. “Joakim took a major step forward in his career last season. We expect him to continue grow as a player and leader on our team.” Francis said.
Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third-round(90th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, the Stockholm, Sweden native was acquired by the Hurricanes on September 11, 2015 along with Kris Versteeg and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft in exchange for Dennis Robertson, Jake Massie, and a fifth-round pick in 2017. In 125 career regular-season games with Chicago and Carolina, Nordstrom(6’1″, 189 lbs.) has scored 11 goals and earned 19 assists(30 points), and has appeared in 10 Stanley Cup playoff games, and was a member of the Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup championship team.