Hurricanes Extend Contract of Newly Acquired Goalie

Spencer Martin, who has significantly improved his performance since joining the Hurricanes, has been signed to a one-year, one-way contract extension worth $775K after impressing the team with his goaltending skills.

Spencer Martin really turned heads after joining the Hurricanes. Picked up on waivers in mid-January, he’s been nothing short of impressive. Today, the team made it official. They’ve locked him down with a one-year, one-way contract extension. And it’s a sweet deal too, worth $775K.

“Spencer has been an excellent addition to our team,” said GM Don Waddell. He wasn’t shy about praising Martin. “He stepped right in and played well for us. We’re excited to have him on board for next season.” And you can see why. Since Martin joined, he’s been on fire. The 28-year-old goalie has started five games, clinched four wins, and boasts a 1.97 GAA. Not to mention, a .922 save percentage. Compared to his previous stats – a 3.65 GAA and .887 save percentage from 13 games with the Blue Jackets – it’s a massive upgrade.

Martin’s journey this season? It’s been a wild ride. Initially with Vancouver for training camp, he was waived after they snagged Casey DeSmith from Montreal. Columbus was quick to pick him up, needing a fill-in for the injured Daniil Tarasov. But once Tarasov was back, Martin was out again, only to be scooped up by Carolina. They had their own injury woes to deal with.

Right now, Martin’s the third choice for Carolina, behind the nets. With Antti Raanta playing in the minors, it seems Martin’s spot for next season is pretty much set. Pyotr Kochetkov and Frederik Andersen are both signed through 2024-25, after all. But Martin? He’s not hitting the free agent market in July. Nope. He’s chosen to stay put, signing what will be his third consecutive one-way deal.

So yeah, it’s been quite the season for Martin. But it looks like he’s found a place to shine. And Carolina? They seem pretty happy about it too.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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