The Charlotte Checkers signed Matt Marquardt, a forward that played with the Checkers on a team tryout last season to a contract today. The contract is an AHL-only deal and will not count towards the Hurricanes’ 50 contracts.
The left-winger played for the Florida Everblades in the ECHL for the first half of the 2012-13 season before signing a PTO with the Checkers in February.
In his time with the Checkers, Marquardt moved up and down the lineup because of injuries. He played in the top six and on the power-play in times of need for Charlotte. The Ontario native scored five goals and eight points in 27 games for the Checkers.
During the playoff series against the Oklahoma City Barons, Marquardt formed a tough fourth line with Jared Staal and Brody Sutter, while scoring two points in four games.
It’s unlikely that Marquardt will see any time with the Canes or any NHL team. He is already 25-years-old and was signed to an AHL-only deal and would need to sign another contract to play with the Canes.
However, the Hurricanes could invite Marquardt to training camp in September if they choose. Marquardt’s best asset is his size. He stands at 6-3 and could help a bottom six with his size.
Marquardt was a seventh-round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006 and scored 40 goals twice in his junior career. He has previously played for the Providence Bruins, Springfield Falcons and Barons in the AHL, but has never played a game in the NHL.