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Jim Rutherford signs extension

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed president and general manager Jim Rutherford to a four-year extension, the team announced Thursday.

The new deal runs through the 2015-16 season.

"Jim is one of the premier general managers in all of sports," Hurricanes CEO Peter Karmanos said in a statement. "In the 14 years since the Hurricanes arrived in North Carolina, his leadership has allowed our franchise to host two Stanley Cup finals, the NHL All-Star Game and the NHL draft, bringing tremendously positive attention to the team and the area."

Entering his 18th season, Rutherford is the second-longest tenured active GM in the NHL and helped shepherd the team from Hartford to North Carolina in the mid-1990s. Lou Lamoriello, entering his 25th season, has been the general manager of the New Jersey Devils since 1987.

Under Rutherford, 62, the Hurricanes have won three Southeast Division titles and appeared in two Stanley Cup finals, winning it in 2006.