The Carolina Hurricanes have signed former Arizona Coyotes forward Josh Jooris to a one-year, $775,000 contract on the first day of free agency.
Jooris is coming off of a one-year, $900,000 deal that he signed with the New York Rangers last July. He was claimed on waivers by the Coyotes in December. An undrafted free agent out of Union College, Jooris originally signed with the Calgary Flames in 2013, and has scored 20 goals and added 29 assists for 49 points in 173 games for the Flames, Rangers and Coyotes.
Last season, Jooris tallied four goals and twelve points split between New York and Arizona while skating to a minus-2.
The release from the team is below.
HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOSH JOORIS
Forward split 2016-17 between the Rangers and Coyotes
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 Josh Jooris on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Jooris $775,000 during the 2017-18 season.
“Josh is a versatile player who can play in the middle or on the wing,” said Francis. “He’s hard-working and competitive, and gives us more flexibility with our group of forwards.”
Jooris, 26, split the 2016-17 season between the New York Rangers and the Arizona Coyotes, totaling 12 points (4g, 8a) and 16 penalty minutes in 54 games. The Burlington, Ont., native has appeared in 173 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Rangers and Coyotes, registering 49 points (20g, 29a) and 71 penalty minutes. He played nine Stanley Cup playoff games with the Flames during the 2014-15 postseason.
Prior to turning professional, Jooris (6’1”, 187 lbs.) played three seasons and Union College, scoring 29 goals and adding 59 assists (88 points) in 117 career collegiate games. He signed with the Flames as an undrafted free agent July 30, 2013.