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Carolina Hurricanes sign Phil Di Giuseppe to one-year, two-way contract

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PDG was the last unsigned restricted free agent on the Canes’ roster, which looks to be pretty well settled more than a month before training camp opens.

Jamie Kellner

The final piece of restricted free agent business for the Carolina Hurricanes was wrapped up on Thursday, as the team agreed to terms with forward Phil Di Giuseppe on a one-year deal that will pay him $725,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL next season.

Di Giuseppe played in 36 games for the Hurricanes this past season, scoring one goal and six assists. He served as a healthy scratch for eight more games in the NHL, and tallied 28 points including twelve goals in 40 games with the AHL Charlotte Checkers. In his three seasons in the NHL, Di Giuseppe has 24 points in 77 career games.

With Di Giuseppe’s signing, the Hurricanes’ roster looks to be pretty much set more than a month before training camp begins. The Canes are now at 49 active contracts, just under the CBA-mandated limit of 50, with an overall cap hit of $57.8 million according to CapFriendly.com. There are no more pending free agents on the Canes’ roster.

Despite Di Giuseppe’s two-way contract, he will be waiver-eligible for the first time in his career this upcoming season, and will need to clear waivers to be sent to the Checkers.

The release from the team is below.

CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH PHIL DI GIUSEPPE
Forward has 24 points in 77 career NHL games

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 Phil Di Giuseppe on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Di Giuseppe $725,000 on the NHL level, or $125,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, in 2017-18.

Di Giuseppe, 23, scored one goal and added six assists (7 points) in 36 games for the Hurricanes during the 2016-17 season. His lone goal of the season was the overtime, game-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 4, at PNC Arena. The Maple, Ont., native also appeared in 40 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers, scoring 12 goals and adding 16 assists (28 points).

Selected by the Hurricanes in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Di Giuseppe (6’0”, 200 lbs.) has totaled 24 points (8g, 16a) in 77 career NHL games. Prior to turning professional, he played three seasons at the University of Michigan, totaling 78 points (33g, 45a) in 115 career collegiate games.