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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
Forward played in 49 regular-season games, 21 postseason games


Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed right wing Chad LaRose to a two-year contract. The deal will pay LaRose $450,000 in 2006-07 and $500,000 in 2007-08.

“Chad had a good rookie season for us and was a big part of our ‘grind line,’ along with Kevyn and Craig Adams,” said Rutherford. “He is a player who has proven to be valuable at every level that he’s played, whether it’s as a scorer or a gritty player.”

LaRose, 23, made his NHL debut on Dec. 6, 2005, at Anaheim and played in 49 of Carolina’s last 56 games, posting one goal and 12 assists (13 points) in his inaugural NHL campaign. LaRose began the season with the Hurricanes’ top American Hockey League affiliate the Lowell Lock Monsters, and had 14 goals and 11 assists (25 points) in 23 AHL games this season.

During the postseason, LaRose (5’10”, 181 lbs.) played in 21 of Carolina’s 25 games posting one assist and 10 penalty minutes while averaging 8:57 of ice time per game.

Carolina signed LaRose in 2003 as an undrafted free agent following his junior hockey career where he scored 111 goals and had 90 assists (201 points) in 152 career games with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2002-03, the Fraser, Mich., native ranked tied for second in the OHL with 61 regular-season goals prior to beginning his professional career. LaRose split the 2003-04 season between Florida of the ECHL and Lowell of the American Hockey League, and in 2004-05 he notched 20 goals and 22 assists (42 points) in 66 regular-season games with Lowell.

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