The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday signed free-agent center Brad Malone to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Malone $600,000 for the 2014-15 season and $700,000 for the 2015-16 season.
“Brad is a big, physical forward,” general manager Ron Francis said in a statement. “He can play either center or wing and helps improve our team’s depth up front.”
The signing came after Manny Malhotra, the Canes’ fourth-line center last season, signed a one-year deal with Montreal.
Former Canes goalie Justin Peters also signed a two-year, $1.9 million deal with the Washington Capitals.
Malone, 25, appeared in 32 regular-season games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14, finishing with three goals, two assists and 23 penalty minutes. He also made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, skating in six of the Avalanche’s seven games during their opening-round series against Minnesota.
Malone, listed at 6-2, 207 pounds, had 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) and 75 penalty minutes in 35 games for Lake Erie of the American Hockey League (AHL) before being recalled by Colorado for the remainder of the season on March 10.
Colorado’s fifth selection, 105th overall, in the fourth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Malone has totaled four goals, five assists and 39 penalty minutes in 54 career NHL games with the Avalanche.