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Carolina Hurricanes give GM Jim Rutherford five-year contract extension

The Hurricanes gave Jim Rutherford a five-year contract extension on Monday. "Jim has been the face of the Hurricanes since the team's arrival in North Carolina," Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos said. "The franchise has seen continued growth and success under his leadership, and he has been regularly recognized as one of the best in the business."

Rutherford has been with the franchise since its days in Hartford and helped with the move to Carolina before the 1997-'98 season. Only New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello has been on the job with one team longer.

The Hurricanes have twice made trips to the Stanley Cup final and won their first championship over Edmonton last spring.

Rutherford has been named executive of the year by The Hockey News two times and was voted by his colleagues as the top general manager in 2006.

The 58-year-old from Beeton, Ont., is a former NHL goaltender. He played 457 games over 13 seasons with Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Los Angeles.

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