Hurricanes Sign Jay McClement To One-Year Deal

Jay McClement is signed by the Hurricanes - Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sport

Another six-footer is brought into the lineup.

So far, Ron Francis is doing exactly what he said he would do.  The Carolina General Manager said he wanted to make the team bigger and that he would bring aboard two fourth line type players, who were good at killing penalties.

Yesterday, the Hurricanes welcomed Brad Malone, who fits the bill.  On Wednesday evening, the Canes signed Jay McClement as well.  McClement is listed at 6'1 and is a little over 200 pounds.  He had 141 hits in 82 games for the Maple Leafs last season.

More importantly, the veteran center led the Leafs with 3:25 of penalty kill time per game.  The next closest teammate was defenseman Carl Gunnarsson who averaged 2:56 a game.

McClement is also proficient in the faceoff circle and won over 53% of his draws last season.  While he only scored four goals in 82 games last year, he scored eight in 48 games the year before.  He averaged over 14 minutes of ice time per game, so he must have seen time at third line center for the Leafs as well as fourth line.

In addition, Jay will bring some leadership to the dressing room and served as alternate captain in Toronto.

The contract is for one-year and will pay $1 million.  The team's presser follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 2, 2014

HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH McCLEMENT

Center led Maple Leafs in faceoff percentage in 2013-14

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Jay McClement on a one-year contract. The deal will pay McClement $1 million for the 2014-15 season.

"Jay is a veteran centerman who is proficient in the faceoff circle," said Francis. "He’ll also provide elements of consistency and leadership for our club."

McClement, 31, completed his ninth NHL season and second with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The Kingston, Ont., native earned 10 points (4g, 6a) in 81 games for Toronto, ranking third on the team in games played. McClement (6’1", 205 lbs.) also led Toronto and ranked in the top 25 in the NHL in face-off percentage (53.6%) for the season.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round, 57th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, McClement has played 682 career NHL games with the Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Maple Leafs, totaling 204 points (75g, 129a). He registered face-off percentages higher than 50 percent in each of the last four seasons and seven of his last eight NHL campaigns.  

For information about 2014-15 Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263) or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets.

JAY McCLEMENT CAREER STATISTICS

REGULAR SEASON                         PLAYOFFS

YEAR                     Team                           LGE                            GP               G                  A                  TP                PIM                           GP               G               A               TP             PIM

1999-00              Brampton                      OHL                            63               13               16               29               34                             6                  0               4               4               8

2000-01              Brampton                      OHL                            66               30               19               49               61                             9                  4               2               6               10

2001-02              Brampton                      OHL                            61               26               29               55               43                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2002-03              Brampton                      OHL                            45               22               27               49               37                             11               3               4               7               11

Worcester                     AHL                            -                    -                    -                    -                    -                              1                  0               0               0               0

2003-04              Worcester                     AHL                            69               12               13               25               20                             10               0               3               3               0

2004-05              Worcester                     AHL                            79               17               34               51               45                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2005-06              St. Louis                          NHL                            67               6                  21               27               30                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

Peoria                              AHL                            11               4                  5                  9                  4                              4                  0               2               2               2

2006-07              St. Louis                          NHL                            81               8                  28               36               55                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2007-08              St. Louis                          NHL                            81               9                  13               22               26                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2008-09              St. Louis                          NHL                            82               12               14               26               29                             4                  0               0               0               4

2009-10              St. Louis                          NHL                            82               11               18               29               22                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2010-11              St. Louis                          NHL                            56               6                  10               16               18                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

Colorado                       NHL                            24               1                  3                  4                  12                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2011-12              Colorado                       NHL                            80               10               7                  17               31                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

2012-13              Toronto                        NHL                            48               8                  9                  17               11                             7                  0               0               0               0

2013-14              Toronto                        NHL                            81               4                  6                  10               32                             -                    -                 -                 -                 -

NHL Totals (9 seasons)                       682            75               129            204            266                           11               0               0               0               4

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