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Canes sign Brock McGinn, avoid arbitration

McGinn comes up the hero in Hurricanes’ Game 7 win

Brock McGinn talks about his game-winning goal and the stress of the series as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in Game 7 on the First Round.
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Brock McGinn talks about his game-winning goal and the stress of the series as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in Game 7 on the First Round.

The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Brock McGinn avoided contract arbitration Saturday, agreeing on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.

McGinn, 25, will be paid $1.9 million in 2019-20 and $2.3 million in 2020-21.

McGinn did not miss a regular-season game last season for the Canes, finishing with 10 goals, 16 assists and a career-best plus-10 rating as the Canes reached the Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs.

McGinn scored one of the most memorable goals in franchise history in the first round -- the double-overtime winner in Game 7 to beat the Washington Capitals. He had two goals and four assists in 15 playoff games.

McGinn, a second-round draft pick by Carolina in 2012, was coming off a two-year contract with an average salary cap hit of $887,500. A restricted free agent with arbitration rights, he elected to take the team to arbitration and a meeting was initially scheduled for Saturday but not needed.

“We’re relieved to have this settled before going to arbitration,” Canes general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “Brock was an important part of what we accomplished last season and we’re happy to have him as part of our group moving forward.”

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.
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