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HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DERRICK WALSER

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Defenseman returns to North American hockey following two years in Germany


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 14, 2006

 

Walser

RALEIGH, NC – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Derrick Walser on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Walser $450,000 at the NHL level and $115,000 at the American Hockey League level, with $150,000 guaranteed.

“Derrick excelled in Germany in the last two seasons, particularly on the power play,” said Karmanos. “He is a good fit for our organization’s style of play and will provide depth along the blue line.”

Walser, 28, appeared in 48 of Eisbaren Berlin’s 52 regular-season games in 2005-06, leading the team with 19 goals and ranking third with 43 points as Berlin finished first in the Deutsche Elite League with a 29-15-5 record. He played in all 11 of Berlin’s postseason games and ranked second on the team with six playoff goals as the team captured its second consecutive league title. Walser (5’ 10”, 196 lbs.) played alongside Hurricanes winger Erik Cole with Berlin in 2004-05.

The Hurricanes acquired Walser and Columbus’ 2006 fourth-round pick on July 30, 2005, from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Toronto’s 2005 fourth-round pick. Following a five-year career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Walser signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames in October 1998 and began his professional career. He made his NHL debut after signing as a free agent with Columbus in September 2001, and has six goals and 21 assists in 82 career NHL games. In 279 regular-season AHL games with Saint John and Syracuse, Walser has scored 64 goals and earned 124 assists (188 points). He captured the 2001 Calder Cup with Saint John when he led all club defenseman and ranked third among AHL defensemen with 16 points in the Flames’ 19-game run to the AHL championship.

The Carolina Hurricanes will open their 2006-07 regular season on Oct. 4 at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres. For information regarding Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.

REGULAR SEASON
PLAYOFFS
YEAR TEAM LGE
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
GP
G
A
TP
PIM
1994-95 Beauport QMJHL
48
4
18
22
34
12
2
5
7
2
1995-96 Beauport QMJHL
69
9
31
40
56
-
-
-
-
-
1996-97 Beauport QMJHL
37
13
25
38
24
-
-
-
-
-
Rimouski QMJHL
31
15
30
45
44
-
-
-
-
-
1997-98 Rimouski QMJHL
70
41
69
110
135
18
10
26
36
49
1998-99 Saint John AHL
40
3
7
10
24
-
-
-
-
-
Johnstown ECHL
24
8
12
20
29
-
-
-
-
-
1999-00 Johnstown ECHL
54
17
26
43
104
7
3
3
6
8
Saint John AHL
14
2
3
5
10
-
-
-
-
-
2000-01 Saint John AHL
76
19
36
55
36
19
7
9
16
14
2001-02 Syracuse AHL
73
23
38
61
70
10
1
5
6
12
Columbus NHL
2
1
0
1
0
-
-
-
-
-
2002-03 Columbus NHL
53
4
13
17
34
-
-
-
-
-
2003-04 Columbus NHL
27
1
8
9
22
-
-
-
-
-
Syracuse AHL
48
10
26
36
82
3
1
1
2
4
2004-05 Berlin DEL
50
9
14
23
143
12
4
4
8
20
2005-06 Berlin DEL
48
19
24
43
120
11
6
1
7
20
NHL CAREER (3 SEASONS)
82
6
21
27
56
-
-
-
-
-
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