The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Carson on a one-year, two-way contract. The team reported the deal will pay Carson $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League level in 2010-11.
"Brett got his first shot at being a regular on the NHL level last season and proved that he could provide a consistent, solid presence on our back end," Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford said. "We're happy that we were able to get this deal done and bring him back, as this really strengthens the depth of our defense."
Carson, 24, established NHL career highs in games played (54), goals (2), assists (10) and points (12) for Carolina in 2009-10. The Regina, Sask., was third on the team with a plus-5 rating, and fourth in blocked shots (89). He scored his first NHL goal Jan. 10.
The 'Canes selected Carson in the fourth round (No. 109) in the 2004 Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound defenseman has 2 goals, 10 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 59 NHL games with the Hurricanes.