NHL Free Agency Grades 2014: Carolina Hurricanes Free Agent Signings

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Brad Malone

C/LW, Colorado Avalanche (2013-2014)

2013-2014 Regular Season Stats: 32 games played, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points, -4, 23 PIM
Term: 2 years, $1.3 million

The Carolina Hurricanes started their free agent signings with the addition of former Colorado Avalanche forward Brad Malone.

Coming off his 3rd full season in the Colorado Avalanche organization, Brad Malone put up career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes. He also suited up in 6 of Colorado’s 7 playoff games.

At 6’2″, 207 lbs, Brad Malone brings a big, physical presence to the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom-six.

Brad Malone will be brought in as a fourth liner for the Carolina Hurricanes who could see time with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL.

It was believed that he would be the Carolina Hurricanes’ fourth-line center before the team brought in Jay McClement, a player that is much better suited for that role.

This was a good depth signing for the Carolina Hurricanes, but it will be nothing more than that.

Grade: B-

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Tags: Ben Holmstrom Brad Malone Carolina Hurricanes Drew MacIntyre Free Agency Jay McClement Jiri Tlusty Tim Gleason

  • thestormchaser

    Most of these signings are (yawn) typical dept signings. It is too bad there are no significant signings to talk about. I like the addition of McClement the most. I am very sceptical about the Gleason signing, but hopeful that we see the old Timmy back. The HOPE strategy has failed for 5 years running now, but once again I HOPE that players like Tlusty and Boychuk have awesome seasons.

    • http://cardiaccane.com Brett Finger

      Lots of low risk signings. I’m optimistic about the future of Zach Boychuk. He’s ready to make a difference in the NHL.