There were several key items on the Hurricanes’ checklist going into the offseason, including a back-up goaltender, scoring help to make up for Erik Cole departing to Montreal, and a solid, fourth-line center. After looking around at the available free agents in the league, General Manager Jim Rutherford signed former Toronto Maple Leaf Tim Brent to a 2-year contract that will pay him $700k this year and $800k next year. The Cambridge, Ontario native will be playing for his 5th NHL team in the Hurricanes after spending time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks. His best year, by far, was last year with the Leafs after playing in 79 games while registering 20 points (8G, 12A).
Brent was drafted twice, including 37th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2002 NHL entry draft, but re-entered the draft in 2004 after not being signed by Anaheim. The Ducks would pick him up at 75th overall. He scored his first NHL goal with the Ducks on February 20th, 2007 against the Vancouver Canucks. The beginning of the 2009-2010 season was tough on Brent, as he tore his pectoral muscle during the first preseason game and was out of action for four months after surgery. He returned to play for the Marlies (The Maple Leafs’ minor league affiliate), where he had 28 points in 33 games.
One of the things that immediately came up once Caniacs found out that Brent would be joining the Canes was his ability to play on the penalty kill. On February 3rd of this past season, the Canes were up playing in Toronto and ended up on a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute. Take a look at the extraordinary sacrifice on the penalty kill that Brent endured:
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