The Canes on Friday came to financial terms with defenseman Justin Krueger and forward prospect Brody Sutter.
Sutter signed a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Sutter $525,000 per season at the NHL level, or $55,000 per season at the minor-league level, and includes a $105,000 signing bonus.
Krueger signed a one-year deal that will pay him $600,000 on the NHL level or $90,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2012-13, with a guarantee of at least $105,000.
In other team news, goaltending prospect Frederik Andersen told the Gothenburg Press of Sweden that he had turned down a contract offer from Carolina. Andersen was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 and played for Frolunda of the Swedish league last season.
Sutter, 20, led the Western Hockey Leagues (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2011-12 with 30 goals and 60 points, and ranked second on the team with 30 assists, while playing in 65 regular-season games. He was named the teams most sportsmanlike player, won the Hurricanes community relations award and was voted fan favorite in an online poll.
After Lethbridges season ended, Sutter joined the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL), and scored one goal and had a plus-1 rating in four games. Carolina drafted Sutter (65, 203 lbs.) in the seventh round, 193rd overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Sutter is the cousin of Canes center Brandon Sutter and Checkers center Brett Sutter.
Krueger, 25, completed his first season of professional hockey in North America in 2011-12, skating in 58 games for the Checkers. The Düsseldorf, Germany, native led all Checkers skaters in plus/minus (+16), while totaling two goals and 11 assists (13 points).
Carolinas seventh round selection, 213th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Krueger spent four seasons at Cornell University from 2006-10.