Expect to see Jiri Tlusty in Raleigh more often next season as the Carolina Hurricanes just signed him to a one year, one-way contract for $500,000. The Hurricanes acquired the winger from the Toronto Maple Leafs last season in exchange for Philippe Paradis, the Canes' first round pick in 2009.
Tlusty battled injuries last year, but has scored 49 goals and has 69 assists for a total of 118 career points in 125 AHL games for the Toronto Marlies and Albany River Rats. He had 30 points in 39 games last season.
Apparently, Jim Rutherford feels that the Czech native is ready for the NHL.
"Jiri a smart and skilled player who can play in all situations," said Rutherford. "He played well with the Hurricanes last year, and is ready to become an everyday NHL player."
The Maple Leafs drafted Tlusty in the first round in 2006, (13th overall).