After the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization lost three defensemen to overseas teams earlier this summer, they were able to lure one defenseman back to North America in Mark Flood.
The Canes signed the former Winnipeg Jet to a one-year/two-way deal. They also signed defenseman Matt Corrente to an identical contract.
Both will earn $550,000 in the NHL, but Flood will earn $175,000 in the AHL, while Corrente will make $90,000.
Flood was previously under contract with the Hurricanes from 2006 to 2009, playing 165 games for the Canes’ AHL affiliate at the time, the Albany River Rats. He did not play a single game in Carolina.
But during the 2009-10 season, Flood appeared in his first NHL games with the New York Islanders, playing six games and recording an assist.
In the 2011-12 season, Flood spent most of the season in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets playing 33 games and achieving seven points.
But after the season, the Canada native signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL as part of the club’s rebirth after the tragic plane crash that took place in 2011.
Flood will ultimately replace Marc-Andre Gragnani on the Checkers as a veteran leader with NHL experience and a decent amount of offensive skill. He’ll be one of the first to be called up should there be injuries to the Canes defense during the season.
The Canes’ other signing, Corrente, will also give the organization depth for next season. Corrente was chosen in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft, but has only played 34 NHL games, all with the New Jersey Devils.
Corrente will look to make an impact with the Checkers and perhaps make it into a few NHL games next season.