Canes’ Tim Brent heads to Russia

calexander@newsobserver.comJuly 30, 2013 


The Canes Tim Brent (37) checks the Lightning's Tom Pyatt (11) during the third period of an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on April 4, 2013. The Lightning beat the Canes 5-0.


Tim Brent, a center who played the past two seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, is heading to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

Brent, an unrestricted free agent, has been signed by the KHL’s Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, according to the team’s website. Brent also tweeted the news Tuesday, saying he was looking forward to a "great new experience" in Russia and thanking Canes’ fans and management.

Brent became the fifth player who was on the Canes’ roster at the end of the season to sign a free-agent contract with a new team. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti also will be in the KHL next season, joining HC Atlant.

Goalie Dan Ellis signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 5, when NHL free agency began. Defenseman Joe Corvo agreed to a one-year deal with the Ottawa Senators.

Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron is headed to the Swiss National League to play for the ZCS Lions. Bergeron was traded to the Canes on April 2 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, playing just 13 games for Carolina.

Brent, 29, spent parts of seven seasons in the NHL, playing 109 games for Carolina. Brent had 12 goals and 12 assists in 79 games the 2011-2012 season but no goals and three assists in 30 games this past season.

Still unsigned is forward Chad LaRose, another UFA. LaRose, 31, was a member of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup champions.

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