Canes add depth with defenseman

Chip AlexanderSeptember 15, 2011 

The Carolina Hurricanes, looking to add defensive depth before training camp begins, signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year contract Wednesday.

The deal will pay Roy $600,000 on the NHL level or $125,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of at least $150,000.

Roy, 28, split last season between the NHL and AHL, playing four games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 45 games in the AHL with Norfolk, finishing with four goals and 18 assists (22 points) and a plus-9 rating. He also played in six Calder Cup playoff games for the Admirals, earning one assist.

Originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL entry draft, Roy has played in 65 career NHL games with Edmonton, Columbus and Tampa Bay, totaling 13 points and 76 penalty minutes.

The final roster has been set for Hurricanes training camp, with 56 players set to participate.

The total includes six goaltenders, 19 defensemen and 31 forwards. There also were 13 players invited from the Canes team that competed in the Traverse City (Mich.) rookie tournament: forwards Jared Staal, Brody Sutter, Victor Rask, Justin Shugg, Gregory Hofmann and Mattias Lindstrom; defensemen Justin Faulk, Justin Krueger, Ryan Murphy, Keegan Lowe, Austin Levi, Rasmus Rissanen; and goaltender Matt Mahalak.

The Canes will open camp with player physicals Friday and will hold their first practices Saturday. The practices will be closed to the public because of N.C. State's home football game.

The Boston Bruins and forward Brad Marchand agreed to a new contract as training camp looms. With less than 48 hours remaining before NHL players need to report for physicals, Marchand, a restricted free agent who became a key cog in Boston's run to a Stanley Cup in the spring, signed a two-year deal worth $5 million.

Marchand, 23, earned a raise on the $600,000 he made as part of his entry-level deal last year.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian, 21, has a new $5 million, two-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets. He was a restricted free agent. In 199 career NHL games for the Atlanta Thrashers, Bogosian had 24 goals and 59 points.

BASKETBALL

News not good: Billy Hunter hoped to deliver good news when he meets with NBA players today in Las Vegas. Instead, the executive director of the players' association isn't even sure how he will answer all their questions. No progress was made toward ending the 21/2 -month lockout during a meeting with owners Tuesday, and Hunter might have to tell players to look elsewhere if they want to be paid to play basketball anytime soon.

Former Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton will be returned to Atlanta from Los Angeles today to face a murder charge, police said. He will face the charge in the Aug. 19 death of Julian Jones, 22, a mother of four who was hit by gunfire during a drive-by shooting. Police said the shots were aimed at someone walking with her. Crittenton denies involvement.

Wilson Chandler will have some company in China this season. Fellow Denver Nuggets free agent J.R. Smith is following him overseas to play.

The WNBA playoffs will begin tonight with Eastern Conference top seed Indiana (21-13) hosting No. 4 seed New York (19-15) at 8 (ESPN2) in a best-of-3 series. The teams split their regular-season series 2-2, with each winning once on the road.

The Western Conference playoffs will begin with second-seed Seattle (21-13) hosting No. 3 Phoenix (19-15) at 10 p.m. (ESPN2). Seattle won the season series 3-1. Friday's first-round games have East No. 2 Connecticut (21-13) hosting No. 3 Atlanta (20-14), and West No. 1 Minnesota (27-7) hosting No. 4 San Antonio (18-16).

Vlado Ilievski hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining and Macedonia stunned host Lithuania 67-65 to reach the semifinals of the European championship for the first time. Macedonia will play defending champion Spain, which beat Slovenia 86-64.

American-born Bo McCalebb again led Macedonia with 23 points. In the early game, Juan Carlos Navarro scored 17 of his 26 points in the third quarter to help Spain pull away.

FOOTBALL

Schlichter in court today: Former Ohio State and NFL quarterback Art Schlichter is resolving multiple state and federal theft and fraud charges with plea agreements that will allow him to leave jail temporarily before he begins a multi-year prison term. He is expected to plead guilty to state theft charges today in Columbus, Ohio, and to plead guilty soon to federal charges of bank and wire fraud and filing a false tax return, according to court documents and one of his attorneys.

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