RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Chris Durno to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Durno $525,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $140,000 for the season.
“Chris is a big, strong guy that will provide more depth up front,” said Francis. “He has good hands and will bring leadership and veteran experience to our organization.”
Durno, 30, totaled 19 goals, 17 assists (36 points) and 120 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games in 2010-11, serving as the captain of the Norfolk Admirals. The Scarborough, Ont., native has played 42 career NHL games, all with Colorado, totaling four goals, four assists (8 points) and 47 penalty minutes. He set NHL career highs in games played (41), goals (4), assists (4), points (8) and penalty minutes (47) with the Avalanche in 2009-10, also making his Stanley Cup playoff debut against San Jose in the Western Conference Semifinals.
In 366 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Norfolk, Portland, San Antonio and Lake Erie, Durno has totaled 108 goals, 103 assists (211 points) and 519 penalty minutes. He set AHL career highs in games played (80), goals (23) and points (49) with San Antonio in 2007-08, and helped Milwaukee capture the Western Conference championship in 2005-06. Durno has also played 147 career ECHL games, all with Gwinnett, totaling 52 goals, 72 assists (124 points) and 166 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, he played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Michigan Tech, notching 48 points (22g, 26a) in 130 games. Durno’s complete career statistics can be found here.