RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Cavan Fitzgerald to a two-year, two-way contract. Fitzgerald will earn $750,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level in both seasons. The contract comes with a $85,000 guarantee for the 2021-22 season and a $90,000 guarantee for the 2022-23 season.
"Cavan has had a great season in a leadership role with the Wolves," said Waddell. "This signing helps solidify our defensive depth over the next couple seasons."
Fitzgerald, 24, has tallied 11 points (3g, 8a) in 27 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves in 2020-21 while serving as an alternate captain. The 6'1", 190-pound defenseman has skated in 164 career AHL games with Chicago, Charlotte and San Jose from 2017-21, posting 49 points (16g, 33a). The Boston, Mass., native also registered 117 points (35g, 82a) in 150 career QMJHL games with Halifax and Shawinigan from 2014-17. Fitzgerald added 30 points (3g, 27a) in 39 QMJHL playoff games, including 20 points (3g, 17a) in 21 games in 2016 as Shawinigan advanced to the President's Cup Finals. He later served as Shawinigan's captain in 2016-17.