The Canes have signed forward Brett Sutter on a one-year contract in a deal that will pay him $600,000 on the NHL level or $150,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $250,000.
Sutter, 26, was second among Charlotte Checkers (AHL) skaters in scoring for the 2012-13 season with 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 70 games played. He served as Charlottes team captain for the second consecutive year.
Sutter led the Checkers with 17 even-strength goals and was tied for the team lead in shorthanded points (3). He also appeared in three games on the NHL level with the Hurricanes, totaling four penalty minutes.
Originally selected by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Sutter has totaled one goal and four assists in 37 career NHL games with the Flames and the Hurricanes. Carolina acquired Sutter on Nov. 17, 2010, along with Ian White in exchange for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk.