Defenseman Tyler Ganly, 20, was signed by the Carolina Hurricanes Monday on the deadline for teams to sign 2013 junior draft picks. A sixth-round pick that year, Ganly has played three seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League and was the 156th overall pick. Brent Pedersen, who was taken in the fifth round by Carolina that year and just won a Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals, seems unlikely to be signed and would be able to re-enter the 2015 draft.
In other news, sideline reporter Chantel McCabe will not be back with the team next season, the team confirmed to CanesCountry.com. McCabe replaced Bob Harwood as the third member of the Fox Sports Carolina team that covered the Hurricanes starting with the 2012-13 season, and also appeared on the NHL Network during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. McCabe made news prior to last season when she was charged with a DWI in Raleigh on Oct. 4 and was subsequently suspended through Oct. 30, but returned to the team for the remainder of the season.
McCabe, whose contract ends June 30, was reached but did not wish to comment.
The position — which seems to be a combination of McCabe’s job and the role previously held by pregame and in-game talent Amber Jaye, who announced she wouldn't be back with the team in April — is posted on the Hurricanes’ job board. It can be found here.
Here is the release from the team regarding Ganly's signing.
HURRICANES SIGN GANLY TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL
Blueliner ranked second in 2015 OHL playoffs plus/minus
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Tyler Ganly to a three-year, entry-level contract. On the NHL level, the deal will pay Ganly $575,000 in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and $650,000 in 2017-18. His American Hockey League (AHL) salary would be $60,000 per year, and he receives a signing bonus of $120,000.
"Tyler had a good season despite missing significant time due to injury," said Francis. "He was especially good in the playoffs and was a big part of his team making the OHL’s Western Conference finals."
Ganly, 20, completed the 2014-15 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, notching 16 points (2g, 14a) and a plus-15 rating in 38 games. The Milton, Ont., native ranked second in the league with a plus-14 plus/minus rating, and ranked second among Greyhounds defensemen with two goals in the 2015 OHL Playoffs.
Selected by the Hurricanes in the sixth round, 156th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft, Ganly (6’2", 196 lbs.) has earned 65 points (7g, 58a) and totaled 171 penalty minutes in 196 career OHL games with Sault Ste. Marie. Prior to his junior career, Ganly played one season with the Brampton Capitals and one season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, both of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL).