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Carolina Hurricanes sign center Andrew Miller to one-year deal

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The Charlotte Checkers forward was an offensive leader for the Canes’ young farm team.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Andrew Miller to a one-year, two-way deal. The contract will pay Miller $650,000 at the National Hockey League level or $285,000 at the American Hockey League level, with a salary guarantee of $305,000.

Miller was an offensive threat for the Charlotte Checkers last season as an anchor on the Checkers top line centering Lucas Wallmark and Valentin Zykov. The 28-year old finished the season with 11 goals and 30 assists for 41 points. Miller finished third on the team in scoring behind star rookies Wallmark and Andrew Poturalski. This is his second consecutive one-year deal, after he joined the Checkers in exchange for Zach Boychuk at the 2016 trade deadline.

Here is the Hurricanes press release regarding the Miller signing:

CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ANDREW MILLER

Forward ranked third among Checkers skaters in scoring in 2016-17

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 forward Andrew Miller on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Miller $650,000 on the NHL level or $285,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2017-18, with a minimum of $305,000.

Miller, 28, ranked third among Charlotte Checkers (AHL) skaters in points (41) and second in assists (30) in 2016-17, despite missing 21 games due to injury. After returning from injury on Jan. 27, Miller scored 32 points (9g, 23a) in his last 34 games – ranking tied for the fifth in the AHL in scoring and third in the league in plus/minus (+17) during that time period. He was tied for first among Checkers in goals (3) and ranked second in scoring (5 points) in five Calder Cup playoff games for Charlotte.

A native of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Miller has appeared in 15 career NHL regular-season games – all with the Edmonton Oilers – totaling one goal and five assists (6 points). Miller (5’10”, 181 lbs.) has scored 64 goals and earned 116 assists (180 points) in 225 career regular-season AHL games with Oklahoma City, Bakersfield and Charlotte. The Oilers signed Miller as a free agent following his four-year collegiate career at Yale University where he captured the NCAA championship with the Bulldogs in 2013.