RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Andrew Hutchinson to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Hutchinson $450,000 in 2006-07 and $500,000 in 2007-08.
“Andrew showed offensive ability in his first season with the Hurricanes, despite battling injury for a significant portion of the year,” said Rutherford. “His role with the club should continue to grow over time.”
Hutchinson, 26, completed his second NHL season and first with the Hurricanes in 2005-06. The Evanston, IL, native established career highs in games played (36), assists (8), points (11) and penalty minutes (18) during the regular season. Hutchinson missed 25 games due to injury: five with a hip flexor and 20 with an injured wrist. He did not appear in any of Carolina’s postseason contests.
Acquired from Nashville on June 29, 2005, in exchange for a third-round draft pick, Hutchinson has totaled seven goals, 12 assists and 19 points in 54 career NHL games. In 190 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Milwaukee, Hutchinson notched 31 goals and 65 assists (96 points), and was a part of the Admirals’ 2004 Calder Cup championship team. Prior to turning professional, Hutchinson played four seasons for Michigan State, earning All-American honors following his senior season.
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