Hurricanes sign goalie Justin Peters for two years

The Associated PressJuly 6, 2010 

The Carolina Hurricanes have their backup goaltender under contract.

The team said Monday that Justin Peters had signed a two-year contract. Peters will be paid $500,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League level in 2010-11, with a guarantee of at least $225,000. In 2011-12, it will pay him $550,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL, with a guarantee of $250,000.

"Justin has developed very well since he turned professional," general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "He is an important part of our future."

Peters, 23, made his NHL debut last season after a back injury to Cam Ward, the Canes' No. 1 goaltender. He won his first three starts and finished with a 6-3-0 record, 2.83 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in nine games.

Peters, a native of Blyth, Ontario, made his first NHL start on Feb. 6, stopping 34 of 35 shots in a victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Peters appeared in 47 AHL games last season for the Albany River Rats, the Canes' top minor-league affiliate. He had a 26-18-2 record with a 2.54 goals-against average and .917 save percentage and played for the Canadian team at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic.

Peters was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round, 38th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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