Hurricanes Re-Sign Bobby Sanguinetti, Nicolas Blanchard

The Hurricanes re-signed Bobby Sanguinetti, pictured, and Nicolas Blanchard to one- and two-year contracts, respectively. (Photo by Jamie Kellner)

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed two key players from last year's Charlotte Checkers team, re-signing defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti and forward Nicolas Blanchard to two-way contracts.

Sanguinetti, who signed a one-year deal that will pay him $700,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL, was second on the Checkers in scoring last season and set career highs in goals (10), assists (40) and points (50) for Charlotte. He also played three games with the Hurricanes last season and should compete for a spot in Raleigh in training camp.

Blanchard received a two-year deal that will pay him $525,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL annually, with a guaranteed $125,000. Blanchard, a five-year veteran of the Hurricanes organization and alternate captain with the Checkers, had nine goals and 12 assists for Charlotte last season. The releases for both signings are after the jump.

‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH BOBBY SANGUINETTI
Defenseman ranked third in the AHL in assists and points in 2011-12

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti (SAN-gwin-NEH-tee) on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Sanguinetti $700,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL).

"Bobby had a very strong second half of the season with Charlotte," said Francis. "He has put himself in a position to challenge for a spot on our NHL roster this season."

Sanguinetti, 24, totaled 50 points (10g, 40a) in 60 games for the Hurricanes’ top minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, in 2011-12. The Trenton, NJ, native ranked third among AHL defensemen in assists (40) and points (50) and led Charlotte blueliners in goals (10). Sanguinetti (6’3", 190 lbs.) also appeared in three NHL games with Carolina, making his Hurricanes debut against the New York Rangers on March 13.

Selected by the New York Rangers in the first round, 21st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Sanguinetti has skated in five career NHL games with the Rangers and Hurricanes, totaling four penalty minutes. He has scored 28 goals and earned 121 assists (149 points) in 241 career AHL games with Hartford and Charlotte.

‘CANES, BLANCHARD AGREE TO TERMS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL
Forward ranked second among Checkers skaters in penalty minutes in 2011-12

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Nicolas Blanchard on a two-year, two-way contract. The deal will play Blanchard $525,000 per season at the NHL level, or $105,000 per season at the minor-league level, with a guarantee of $125,000 per season.

"Nicolas is a physical and reliable forward who continues to develop his game," said Francis. "He has been a leader on and off the ice, and is well respected by his teammates and coaches."

Blanchard, 24, completed his fifth full professional season in 2011-12, scoring nine goals, earning 12 assists (21 points) and accumulating 103 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Granby, Que., native ranked second among Checkers skaters in penalty minutes in 2011-12, marking the fourth straight season he has ranked among the top three in penalty minutes for Carolina’s AHL affiliates. Blanchard (6’3", 200 lbs.) has scored 50 goals, earned 56 assists (106 points) and compiled 579 penalty minutes in 342 career AHL regular-season games with Albany and Charlotte. The Hurricanes drafted Blanchard in the sixth round, 192nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

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