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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Forward enters his sixth season of professional hockey


Ryan Bayda was a third-round draft pick of the Hurricanes in 2000, and has totaled seven goals and 13 assists in 69 games with Carolina.

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 left wing Ryan Bayda on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Bayda $450,000 at the NHL level and $50,000 at the American Hockey League level.

“Ryan is an experienced and skilled player who brings depth to our forward lines,” said Karmanos. “He played well for Manitoba last year after returning from a tough injury and we are glad he’ll be back with our organization.”

Bayda, 25, played 59 games with the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League in 2005-06, registering 13 goals and 25 assists (38 points) along with 52 penalty minutes. The Saskatoon, Sask., played in 59 of Manitoba’s final 60 regular-season games after missing the season’s first 20 games recovering from a knee injury. In 229 career regular-season AHL games with Lowell and Manitoba, Bayda (5’11”, 185 lbs.) has scored 45 goals, earned 100 assists (145 points) and accumulated 203 penalty minutes.

Ryan Bayda

The Hurricanes drafted Bayda with their second choice, 80th overall, in the third round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was a teammate of Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore at the University of North Dakota and won a national championship in 2000, his first season with the Fighting Sioux. Bayda was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s All-Rookie Team that year and a second-team WCHA All-Star in 2001 and 2002. He turned professional following three collegiate seasons and made his NHL debut with Carolina on Feb. 14, 2003, against Washington. In 69 NHL games with the Hurricanes, Bayda has scored seven goals and added 13 assists (20 points).

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