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Hurricanes add defensemen Flood, Corrente

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 4:04 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Hurricanes add defensemen Flood, Corrente
The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Wednesday with defensemen Mark Flood and Matt Corrente on one-year, two-way contracts.

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Wednesday with defensemen Mark Flood and Matthew Corrente, each on one-year, two-way contracts.

Flood’s deal will pay him $550,000 on the NHL level or $175,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of at least $225,000. Corrente’s deal will pay him $550,000 on the NHL level or $90,000 on the AHL level, with a guarantee of at least $105,000.

“Mark is a veteran defenseman with some NHL experience, who we are familiar with from being a part of our organization in the past,” Hurricanes assistant general manager Jason Karmanos said. “Matt is a physical and versatile player capable of contributing at defense or forward. He has had some injuries the past few seasons but is 100 percent healthy now.”

Flood, 28, played for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in 2012-13, with one goal, six points and 25 penalty minutes in 52 regular-season games. The Charlottetown, P.E.I., native established NHL career highs in games played (33), goals (three), assists (four) and points (seven) with the Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12.

Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round (No. 188) of the 2003 NHL Draft, Flood (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) has three goals and eight points in 39 NHL games with the New York Islanders and Jets. He spent three seasons as a part of the Hurricanes organization from 2006-09, playing for the Albany River Rats, and was a teammate of Hurricanes captain Eric Staal during his junior career with Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League.

Corrente, 25, appeared in 11 games with Albany of the AHL last season, earning two assists and totaling 32 penalty minutes, but missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury.

The Mississauga, Ontario, native was a first-round selection (No. 30) of the New Jersey Devils in the 2006 NHL Draft, and has played 34 NHL games with the franchise, totaling six assists and 68 penalty minutes. Corrente (6-foot, 205 pounds) has 13 goals, 49 points and 350 penalty minutes in 163 AHL games with Lowell and Albany.

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