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Hurricanes Sign Justin Shugg To One-Year, Two-Way Deal

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Shugg led the Checkers in scoring last season

Justin Shugg
Justin Shugg
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The Carolina Hurricanes added more forward depth on Sunday when they announced the signing of Justin Shugg to a one-year, two-way deal.  The "Shugginator" led the Charlotte Checkers in scoring last season with 21 goals and 22 assists.

Shugg played three games for Carolina last year and has that many in his NHL career.

The deal will pay him $600,000 while in the NHL and $85,000 in the AHL, with a $100,000 minimum.

The team's press release follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 12, 2015

HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH JUSTIN SHUGG

Forward made NHL debut with Carolina 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 agreed to terms with forward Justin Shugg on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Shugg $600,000 at the NHL level, or $85,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2015-16, with a guarantee of $100,000. 

"Justin provides our organization with good depth at forward," said Francis. "He led Charlotte in scoring last season and has improved his offensive production each year since turning pro."

Shugg, 23, led the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers last season in goals (21) and points (43), and tied his AHL career best with 22 assists in 65 regular-season games. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native made his NHL debut with Carolina on Dec. 16 at Montreal, and played in three Hurricanes games in 2014-15. Shugg (5’11", 185 lbs.) has notched 49 goals and earned 66 assists (115 points) in 212 AHL regular-season games with Charlotte in since turning professional in 2011-12. Carolina drafted Shugg in the fourth round, 105th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes begin the 2015-16 regular season at Nashville on Oct. 8, and will play their home opener against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 10, at PNC Arena. For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES(1-866-645-2263).