Jan 9, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement (11) carries the puck against Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu (15) at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Carolina Hurricanes Add Size and Depth through Free Agency

The Carolina Hurricanes and all other 29 NHL teams are 5 days into free agency. The Carolina Hurricanes have not gone after big name players like Thomas Vanek, Paul Stastny, or Matt Niskanen, but they have made key depth signings that may end up making a significant difference for the team.

The Canes made their first signing on July 1 with the addition of Brad Malone, former Colorado Avalanche forward. The 6’2″, 207 pound centerman tallied 5 points in 32 games last season with the Avs. He also suited up for 6 playoff games.

Brad Malone will be a good fourth line option for the Carolina Hurricanes. He has size, grit, and a little bit offense. The 25-year-0ld should provide good depth for the Carolina Hurricanes next season.

The Carolina Hurricanes set out to help their goalie depth in free agency, and they did that with the signing of Drew MacIntyre. MacIntyre played just 2 NHL games last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He spent most of his time with the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs.

Drew MacIntyre will likely start the year as the 3rd goalie and starter for the Charlotte Checkers.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed yet another former Toronto Maple Leaf when they signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal. Set to be the team’s fourth-line center next year, McClement brings a very sound defensive game to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jay McClement is a good penalty killer, faceoff taker, and he has a very good defensive game. His offense is also an upgrade over Manny Malhotra, the Canes’ fourth-line center last season. McClement was an alternate captain with the Maple Leafs last season.

The Carolina Hurricanes brought back a familiar face with the addition of Tim Gleason. After being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tim Gleason hit the open market in search for a fresh start.

Tim Gleason will return to Carolina with a clean slate. He is healthy, and he seems ready to go out and play the way he had played for years with the Hurricanes. He will likely start the 2014-2015 season as a bottom-pairing defenseman, but don’t be surprised if turns into a very solid top-four defenseman again throughout the season.

In a seemingly minor signing, the Carolina Hurricanes went out and brought in Ben Holmstrom, former center in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

Ben Holmstrom tallied 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 75 games with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL last season. He is very willing to drop the gloves and play with an edge. His 146 penalty minutes in 2013-2014 made that apparent.

The Carolina Hurricanes went out and made some good, under the radar signings in the opening days of NHL Free Agency.

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