The Carolina Hurricanes had a busy day today and also signed RFA defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL. Rodney is a smooth skating powerplay specialist who scored 11 points in 22 games while with the Hurricanes last season.
With the logjam of puck-moving defensemen coming to camp, he will probably have a tough time cracking the lineup in Raleigh again this time around. Interestingly enough, he played for two years with the Charlotte Checkers earlier in his ECHL career earning 46 points in 90 games for them.
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Rodney, 26, split the 2009-10 season between the Hurricanes and the AHL’s Albany River Rats, totaling one goal and 10 assists (11 points) in 22 NHL games with Carolina. The London, Ont., native netted his first NHL goal on March 25 against the Washington Capitals, and his games played (22) and assists (10) totals were each NHL career highs. With Albany, Rodney ranked tied for first among Rivers Rats defensemen in goals (7) and second in points (35), in 54 games played. He also made his first career appearance in the AHL All-Star Game, skating for the Canadian team in Portland on Jan. 19, and had four assists and a plus-7 rating for Albany in eight Calder Cup playoff games.
Rodney (6’ 0", 195 lbs.) has registered 13 points (1g, 12a) in 30 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes. He made his debut in the Hurricanes organization on Dec. 16, 2007, when he was signed with Albany along with six other members of the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals after a flu bug left the River Rats shorthanded. He went on to notch 15 points (4g, 11a) in 42 games for Albany that season, and led the River Rats in scoring during the Calder Cup playoffs. Rodney has totaled 89 points (15g, 74a) in 162 career AHL games with Hartford and Albany, and has also played 127 career ECHL games, totaling 78 points (15g, 63a). He spent parts of two ECHL seasons with the Charlotte Checkers, notching 46 points (6g, 40a) in 90 career games in a Checkers uniform.