Defenseman Joe Corvo is coming back to the Canes and goaltender Justin Peters has been re-signed.
The Canes announced today that Corvo has agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $2 million and has a no-movement clause.
Corvo, 35, completed his ninth NHL season in 2011-12, playing 75 regular-season games with the Boston Bruins. He notched four goals, earned 21 assists (25 points) and posted a plus-10 plus/minus rating, while averaging 18:48 of ice time per game.
Corvo was traded by the Canes to the Bruins last July for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of four seasons with the Hurricanes, at times with Tim Gleason as his defensive partner.
"Joe's given us some good time here and he has some chemistry with Gleason," Rutherford said. "So it's a good fit for us from that point of view."
Rutherford said the Canes potentially could have Gleason-Corvo and Joni Pitkanen-Justin Faulk as the top four on the back end. Jay Harrison and Jamie McBain round out the top six, although Ryan Murphy and Bobby Sanguinetti should be pushing to get into the top six in preseason training camp.
"It could shake down several different ways, but getting a veteran defenseman there was important today," Rutherford said.
Peters was signed as the backup to Cam Ward in goal. He received a two-year contract that will pays $525,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL, with a guarantee of at least $250,000 in 2012-13. He will be paid $550,000 in 2013-14 and will be on a one-way contract.
Peters, 25, split the 2011-12 season between Carolina and the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. He went 2-3-2 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .931 save percentage for the Hurricanes in 2011-12.
The Canes were in need of a backup goalie after an offseason shoulder injury to Brian Boucher that will sideline the veteran four to six months. Peters was a Group 6 unrestricted free agent.
"The door is open right off the start for him with Boucher being injured," Rutherford said. "He can make a case for himself (and) Boucher doesn't get back in when he's healthy. Kirk (Muller) likes his work ethic, so he fits into what we're doing."