RALEIGH, NC (August 21, 2000) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has signed forward Jeff Daniels to a one-year contract and defenseman Mike Rucinski to a two-year contract. As per club policy, no additional terms were released.
Daniels (6’1’’, 200 lbs.) completed his third season with the franchise last year after signing a free agent contract with the Hurricanes on August 31, 1999. Daniels spent the entire season with the Hurricanes, totaling seven points (3g, 4a) in 69 games, his most since totaling eight points in 70 games in Pittsburgh and Florida during 1993-94 season. An original member of the Carolina Hurricanes, Daniels will begin his ninth season in the NHL. Originally drafted with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ sixth round draft choice (109th overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, Daniels has totaled 32 points (12g, 20a) and 48 penalty minutes in 234 career NHL games.
Rucinski (5’11’’, 190 lbs.) will enter his third season with the Hurricanes, having played in 24 games during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons for Carolina. The defenseman has totaled two points (0g, 2a) and 10 penalty minutes in 24 games in his NHL career, and spent all of last season with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Carolina’s IHL affiliate. Rucinski, 25, tallied 13 points (3g, 10a) and 34 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Cyclones last season. Rucinski was drafted by the organization with the team’s eighth pick and 217th overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Rucinski also spent part of the 1998-99 seasons playing for Team USA in the A-Pool World Championships, where he scored two points (1g, 1a) in three games and was named to the All-Tournament team.