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Hurricanes sign defenseman Joakim Ryan

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The Hurricanes have made an organizational depth signing.

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The Carolina Hurricanes added some depth to the organization’s blue line Monday, signing UFA defenseman Joakim Ryan to a one-year, two-way deal.

Ryan played 35 games for the Kings last year with one goal and four points. Before that, he played parts of two seasons with San Jose. The deal with pay the 27-year-old blueliner $700,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 at the AHL level.

Ryan’s two-way deal gives the Canes options. He could be a veteran presence on the farm, something the Chicago Wolves franchise prioritizes, or, with Joel Edmundson, Trevor van Reimsdyk and (most likely) Sami Vatanen gone, he could be the Canes’ new No. 7 defenseman.

The press release from the team follows:

HURRICANES SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOAKIM RYAN

Has appeared in 141 NHL games

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Joakim Ryan on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Ryan $700,000 on the NHL level or $150,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level during the 2020-21 season.

“Joakim is a solid puck-moving defenseman with NHL experience,” said Waddell. “He skates very well and is a good fit for our system.”

Ryan, 27, appeared in 35 games for the Los Angeles Kings in 2019-20, scoring one goal and adding four assists (5 points). The Rumson, NJ, native was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 198th overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and has totaled 24 points (4g, 20a) in 141 career NHL games with the Sharks and Kings. Ryan (5’11”, 185 lbs.) made his Stanley Cup playoff debut with San Jose in 2018, and appeared in all 20 of San Jose’s postseason contests in 2019, as the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Final before falling to St. Louis.

Prior to making his NHL debut with the Sharks, Ryan spent two full seasons in the AHL with the San Jose Barracuda, ranking tied for fifth among league defensemen in scoring in 2016-17 with 49 points (10g, 39a) in 65 games. Before turning professional, he spent four seasons at Cornell, totaling 78 points (19g, 59a) in 123 career collegiate contests.