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Hurricanes Sign Matt Tennyson To Two-Way Deal

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Tennyson played 29 games for Sharks last season and gives Carolina more depth on defense.

Matt Tennyson signed a two-way deal with Carolina
Matt Tennyson signed a two-way deal with Carolina
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The Carolina Hurricanes added more depth to their blueline with the signing of Matt Tennyson to a one-year, two-way deal.  Tennyson is a right-hand shot who played 29 games for the Sharks last year.

The 6'2 defenseman will also give a bit more size to the blueline although he only had 23 hits in those 29 games last season.  He chipped in with one goal and three assists.

You can check out more at CH.com.

The team's press release follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 3, 2016

‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MATT TENNYSON

Defenseman appeared in 29 games for San Jose in 2015-16

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 defenseman Matt Tennyson on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Tennyson $675,000 on the NHL level or $275,000 in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17. 

"Matt gives us added depth on the blueline, as a right-shot defenseman who has proven he can play at the NHL level," said Francis.

Tennyson, 26, appeared in a career-high 29 NHL games for the San Jose Sharks in 2015-16, totaling four points (1g, 3a), and also played five games for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. He was signed by the Sharks as an undrafted free agent in 2012, and has appeared in 60 career NHL games, totaling 14 points (3g, 11a). Tennyson has earned 65 points (17g, 48a) in 169 career AHL games with Worchester and San Jose.

Prior to turning professional, Tennyson (6’2", 205 lbs.) spent three seasons at Western Michigan University, totaling 54 points (22g, 32a) in 117 collegiate games. Born in Minneapolis but raised in Pleasanton, CA, Tennyson is a product of the San Jose Jr. Sharks program. His career statistics are below.

The Carolina Hurricanes open the 2016-17 regular season, their 19th season in North Carolina, on the road against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 13. The Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in their regular-season home opener at PNC Arena on Oct. 28 (7:30 p.m.). For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263).

MATT TENNYSON’S CAREER STATISTICS

REGULAR SEASON                         PLAYOFFS

YEAR      TEAM                           LEAGUE        GP      G       A     PTS     PIM            GP      G       A     PTS     PIM

2008-09   Cedar Rapids              USHL              57       4        6       10        80               5        0        0        0          2

2009-10   Western Mich. U.         CCHA              34       2        7        9         30               -         -         -         -           -

2010-11   Western Mich. U.         CCHA              42       9       12      21        38               -         -         -         -           -

2011-12   Western Mich. U.         CCHA              41      11      13      24        28               -         -         -         -           -

Worcester                    AHL                  7        1        1        2          0                -         -         -         -           -

2012-13   Worcester                    AHL                 60       5       22      27        44               -         -         -         -           -

San Jose                      NHL                 4        0        2        2          2                -         -         -         -           -

2013-14   Worcester                    AHL                 54       7       14      21        33               -         -         -         -           -

2014-15   San Jose                      NHL                27       2        6        8         16               -         -         -         -           -

Worcester                    AHL                 43       4       11      15        30               4        0        0        0          0

2015-16   San Jose                      NHL                29       1        3        4          0                -         -         -         -           -

San Jose                      AHL                  5        0        0        0          0                1        0        0        0          2

NHL TOTALS (3 seasons)                       60       3       11      14        18