For the second second straight Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed one of their pending unrestricted free agents, inking winger Chris Terry to a one-year, one-way deal worth $875,000.
Last season was Terry's first full season in the NHL, and he registered 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) in 70 games. Terry, 26, will likely fit in on the third line and on one of Carolina’s two power play units — in just 67:31 of power play time last season he finished with three goals and an assist.
His signing gives Carolina eight forwards inked to one-way deals. Add in Elias Lindholm and Victor Rask — both still on their entry level contracts — and RFAs Andrej Nestrasil and Riley Nash, and the Hurricanes has 12 prospective forwards in the fold, plus prospects that could push for a roster spot. Long-time forward Patrick Dwyer is set to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. According to CapFriendly.com, Carolina has $15.4 million in cap space after Terry's re-signing.
Here is the release from the team:
‘CANES, TERRY AGREE TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR DEAL
Winger set career highs in goals, assists and points in 2014-15
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 left wing Chris Terry on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Terry $875,000 for the 2015-16 season.
"Chris took another step forward last year and showed that he could contribute offensively at the NHL level," said Francis.
Terry, 26, established NHL career highs in games played (57), goals (11), assists (9) and points (20) during the 2015-16 season with Carolina. The Brampton, Ont., native led Carolina with a shooting percentage of 15.5 percent and also set a career high in power-play goals with three. Terry played five American Hockey League (AHL) games on a conditioning stint with Charlotte in 2015-16, notching two points (1g, 1a).
Carolina’s fourth selection, 132nd overall, in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Terry has totaled 23 points (12g, 11a) and 14 penalty minutes in 70 career NHL games. He is the Charlotte Checkers’ all-time leader in games played (299), assists (150) and points (254).