Canes make moves in NHL free agency

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 09:02 PM

When the National Hockey League free-agent market opened Tuesday, there was a flurry of moves by teams looking to make splashes aimed at improving their rosters and firing up their fans.

“One of the more desperate days of the hockey season,” Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said. “A lot of our brethren are out running around trying to see how much money they can spend, and when the dust settles they’ll figure out whether or not they have a hockey team.”

Hurricanes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Drew MacIntyre on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay MacIntyre $600,000 in the NHL or $250,000 in the American Hockey League for the 2014-15 season, with a guarantee of at least $300,000.

MacIntyre, 31, was 29-15-3 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 48 regular season games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in 2013-14.

The Canes also agreed to terms with winger Jiri Tlusty on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Tlusty $2.95 million for the 2014-15 season.

Tlusty, 26, netted 16 goals and added 14 assists in 68 games with the Hurricanes in 2013-14.

Free-agent center Brad Malone and the Canes agreed to a two-year contract that is to pay him $600,000 for the 2014-15 season and $700,000 for the 2015-16 season.

Malone, 25, appeared in 32 regular season games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14, totaling three goals, two assists and 23 penalty minutes.