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Carolina Hurricanes sign Patrick Brown, Jake Chelios to one-year contract extensions

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Two more signings as the Canes shore up their free agent ranks before the market opens on Saturday.

Jamie Kellner

Another day, another pair of Carolina Hurricanes contract extensions. A day after re-upping with Derek Ryan, the Canes on Tuesday re-signed Patrick Brown to a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $650,000 per year in the NHL or $160,000 in the AHL, with a salary guarantee of $190,000. The Canes also signed restricted free agent defenseman Jake Chelios to a one-year, two-way deal paying him $650,000 in the NHL and $85,000 in the AHL.

Brown spent his third professional season again shuttling between Carolina and the Charlotte Checkers, where he served as captain. In 14 games with the Hurricanes, Brown did not have a point, but he was more prolific with the Checkers, scoring a career-high 28 points in 66 AHL games.

This is the second straight one-year deal for Brown, who originally signed with the Hurricanes in 2014 following his college hockey career at Boston College. He will likely be a Group VI UFA again next summer, unless he plays in 52 games with the Canes in the upcoming season.

Chelios, extended a qualifying offer yesterday, has yet to make his NHL debut. In his first season with the Checkers, he led Charlotte defensemen with 32 points, and set personal career highs in points, assists (28) and plus-minus (+8). He has 134 points in 194 career AHL games with Charlotte and Chicago.

The releases from the team are below.

CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH PATRICK BROWN

Forward split 2016-17 season between Carolina and Charlotte

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 Patrick Brown on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Brown $650,000 at the NHL level or $160,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of $190,000.

Brown, 25, completed his third professional season in 2016-17, posting 12 goals and earning 16 assists (28 points) with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The Bloomfield Hills, MI, native also skated in 14 games with the Hurricanes last season, averaging 9:42 of ice time per game. In 196 career AHL regular-season games with Charlotte, Brown (6’1”, 197 lbs.) has scored 27 goals and earned 36 assists (63 points). He has skated in 28 career NHL games with Carolina, scoring one goal and earning one assist (2 points). Brown originally signed with Carolina as a free agent on April 12, 2014, following his four-year collegiate career at Boston College.

CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH JAKE CHELIOS

Led Charlotte defensemen in scoring with 32 points 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 defenseman Jake Chelios on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Chelios $650,000 on the NHL level or $85,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level during the 2017-18 season.

Chelios, 26, led all Charlotte Checkers (AHL) defensemen in scoring during the 2016-17 season with a career-high 32 points. The Chicago native also established career bests in assists (28), plus/minus (+8) and shots on goal (152), serving as the Checkers alternate captain and team captain at various points throughout the season. He was the only Checkers skater to appear in all 76 of the team’s games, and his plus-21 rating from Jan. 10 through the end of the season ranked second among all AHL players.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Hurricanes on April 22, 2016, Chelios has totaled 134 points (12g, 67a) in 194 career AHL games with Chicago and Charlotte. He is the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios.