March 12 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Aaron Palushaj (17) controls the puck during the second period of the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Sign Aaron Palushaj

The Carolina Hurricanes continued to add to their organizational depth by signing Aaron Palushaj to a one-year/two-way contract.

Palushaj will earn $600,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the AHL.

The former second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens was waived this past season by the Canadian team and picked up by the Colorado Avalanche. While with the Avs, he scored two points in nine games and represented America at the World Championships in April.

Palushaj is still young at 23-years-old, but is more of a skill player, rather than a grinder. He has good speed, but needs to still bulk up for the grind of the NHL.

While Palushaj hasn’t been able to stick with an NHL team in the past, he may have a chance with the Canes. The team’s bottom six still has a good amount of openings and Palushaj could compete with Zac Dalpe and Drayson Bowman, among others, for one of those spots.

If the Minnesota native does not make the Canes, he’ll play for the Checkers, most likely in a first-line role, helping greatly in the scoring department. He’ll also be one of the first called up to the Hurricanes in case of an injury.

The Hurricanes have been adding depth this off-season and the Palushaj signing will help the cause.

The Canes also announced the signing of Michal Jordan, which Cardiac Cane reported last week.

 

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