Hurricanes Sign Alexei Ponikarovsky to One-Year Deal

The Carolina Hurricanes brought another former Maple Leaf to town as they signed Alexei Ponikarovky to a one-year deal for $1.5 million.  The forward was originally drafted by Toronto and arguably had his best seasons playing under coach Paul Maurice.  He most recently was a member of the Los Angeles Kings, but had an injury plagued season last year and only played in 61 games. 

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said that Ponikarovsky suffered from various groin injuries, but they were told that those problems have been resolved.  The GM also said that they originally had plans to bring in this player in addition to re-signing Erik Cole.

"Ponikarovsky and Cole on Eric Staal's wings might have looked pretty good," Rutherford said.  But now Canes' management will have to go back to the drawing board to try to find a replacement for Cole.  They might be able to add a player via trade or might continue to look at the free agent pool.

The winger only scored 5 goals last season, but has been a 20 goal scorer in the past.  He'll be looking to re-establish his game in Carolina.


Alexei Ponikarovsky

#27 / Left Wing / Los Angeles Kings

6-4

226

Apr 09, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2010 - Alexei Ponikarovsky 61 5 10 15 1 36 1 0 1 94



The following from the Canes' press release:

 

‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY

Veteran winger played 61 games with Los Angeles in 2010-11; Agrees to one-year deal

 

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (al-EHX-ay poh-nih-kahr-OHV-skee) on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.

 

“Alexei is a big forward and a very good skater who brings 10 years of NHL experience to the Hurricanes,” said Rutherford. “He plays a strong two-way game and has shown that he can put up good offensive numbers.”

 

Ponikarovsky, 31, notched five goals and earned 10 assists (15 points) in 61 games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010-11, despite missing 18 games due to injury. He averaged 12:35 of ice time per game, and ranked seventh among Kings forwards with a plus-1 plus/minus rating. Ponikarovsky (6’4”, 229 lbs.) has scored 121 goals, earned 160 assists (281 points) and compiled a plus-51 plus/minus rating in 554 career NHL regular-season games with Toronto, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. The Kiev, Ukrain, native was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 87th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Ponikarovsky’s career statistics are below.

 

The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 2011 exhibition schedule on Sept. 19 at Buffalo. For information on 2011-12 Carolina Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.

 

ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY’S CAREER STATISTICS

                                                                                      REGULAR SEASON                            PLAYOFFS

YEAR          TEAM                        LGE                          GP       G       A     PTS     PIM           GP        G       A       PTS      PIM

1997-98      Dynamo Moscow      Russia                       24        1        2          3       30               -         -         -             -           -

1998-99      Krylja Sovetov           Russia                       13        2        1          3         2               -         -         -             -           -

                   Dynamo Moscow      Russia                          -         -         -          -          -              3        0        0            0           2

1999-00      TSK Tver                   Russia-2                    29        8      14        22       26               -         -         -             -           -

                   Dynamo Moscow      Russia                       19        1        0          1         8              1        0        0            0           0

                   Dynamo Moscow      EuroHL                        2        0        2          2         0               -         -         -             -           -

2000-01      Toronto                      NHL                           22        1        3          4       14               -         -         -             -           -

                   St. John's                   AHL                           49      12      24        36       44              4        0        0            0           4

2001-02      Toronto                      NHL                             8        2        0          2         0            10        0        0            0           4

2001-02      St. John's                   AHL                           72      21      27        48       74              5        2        1            3           8

2002-03      St. John's                   AHL                           63      24      22        46       68              --        --       --           --          --

                   Toronto                      NHL                           13        0        3          3       11              --        --       --           --          --

2003-04      Toronto                      NHL                           73        9      19        28       44            13        1        3            4           8

2005-06      Toronto                      NHL                           81      21      17        38       68              --        --       --           --          --

2006-07      Toronto                      NHL                           71      21      24        45       63              --        --       --           --          --

2007-08      Toronto                      NHL                           66      18      17        35       36              --        --       --           --          --

2008-09      Toronto                      NHL                           82      23      38        61       38              --        --       --           --          --

2009-10      Toronto                      NHL                           61      19      22        41       44              --        --       --           --          --

                   Pittsburgh                  NHL                           16        2        7          9       17            11        1        4            5           4

2010-11      Los Angeles              NHL                           61        5      10        15       36              4        1        0            1           0

NHL Totals (10 seasons)                                         554    121    160      281     371            34        3        7          10         16

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