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Hurricanes Sign Center Stephane Yelle

A nice move by Jim Rutherford, as Yelle is a valuable, experienced centerman. Here's the release: ‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH STEPHANE YELLE Veteran center entering 14th NHL season 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 center Stephane Yelle (STEH-fahn YEHL) on a one-year, $550,000 contract. "Stephane is a proven winner," said Rutherford. "He adds depth and experience to the Hurricanes at the center position, and he will contribute to the penalty kill." Yelle, 35, is entering his 14th NHL season, and the Hurricanes will be his fourth NHL team. In 2008-09, he scored seven goals, earned 11 assists (18 points), posted a plus-6 plus/minus rating and had a 52.0 percent faceoff-win percentage in 77 regular-season games with Boston. He played in all 11 of the Bruins’ postseason games, earning one assist and averaging 12:29 of ice time. The Ottawa, Ont., native has scored 92 goals, earned 165 assists (257 points) and accumulated 458 penalty minutes in 921 career NHL regular-season games with Colorado, Calgary and Boston. Yelle (6’2", 182 lbs.) was originally drafted by New Jersey in the eighth round, 186th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

Curious Move: Chiarelli And The Bruins Sign Derek Morris For One Year, $3.3 Million

A day after sending Aaron Ward to Carolina for what amounted to a little bit of cap room, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli signed free agent defenseman Derek Morris for a one-year, $3.3 million contract. Is Morris an upgrade over Ward? That's debatable. Morris definitely has more offensive capabilities, but we're not exactly talking about an elite point-producer here: he had a combined 20 points last season with the Rangers and Coyotes, and scored 25 points each of the previous two seasons. But Ward's biggest value, in the opinion of many, is that he's a winner, a prototype "glue guy." He's good in the locker room and will do whatever is asked of him. That's not meant as a knock at Morris — who will be 31 season's start, five and a half years younger than Ward — but it seems the Bruins have moved a piece that fit and replaced it with one that is not only an unknown, but at a significantly greater cost, especially when you factor in Patrick Eaves' buyout.

Canes Fill Defensive Need, Sign Andrew Alberts

The door seems to have officially shut on Dennis Seidenberg — and perhaps Anton Babchuk — today with the signing of veteran defenseman Andrew Alberts to a two-year, $2.1 million contract. He will earn $800,000 next season and $1.3 million in 2010-11. Here's the official release: HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ANDREW ALBERTS 6’5’’ defenseman led Philadelphia Flyers in hits, ranked third in blocked shots in 2008-09 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 defenseman Andrew Alberts on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Alberts $800,000 in 2009-10 and $1.3 million in 2010-11. "Andrew is a big, physical defenseman who should be just coming into his prime at the NHL level," said Rutherford. "He had a good year for the Flyers after suffering an injury the previous season, and should help solidify our blueline with his defensive presence." Alberts, 28, earned career highs in games played (79), goals (1), assists (12), points (13) and plus/minus (+6) in 2008-09 after being acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade on Oct. 13. The Minneapolis, MN, native led all Flyers skaters in hits (157) and ranked third on the team in blocked shots (133). He ranked third among Flyers defensemen in total shorthanded time on ice, and fourth among Philadelphia blueliners in plus/minus (+6). Alberts (6’5", 218 lbs.) skated in all six Flyers playoff games, earning one assist and totaling 10 penalty minutes during the team’s six-game series against Pittsburgh. Originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round, 179th overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Alberts has totaled two goals, 30 assists (32 points) and 292 penalty minutes in 263 career NHL games with the Bruins and Flyers. Prior to turning professional, he played four seasons at Boston College, where he was a two-time NCAA East First-Team All-American. His complete career statistics are listed below.

Dennis Seidenberg Coming Back To The Hurricanes?

Chip Alexander is reporting on the N&O's CanesNow blog that Dennis Seidenberg and his agent have come full circle and are talking with Carolina GM Jim Rutherford. Could Rutherford go three for three with his big UFAs, all of whom tested the market?

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