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'Canes sign Melichar to one-year deal

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes signed former Pittsburgh defenseman Josef Melichar to a one-year, $1 million contract Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Melichar spent last season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League, finishing with 74 penalty minutes in 50 regular-season games and a team-leading 39 more minutes in the penalty box in 16 playoff games.

Melichar played in 310 games with Pittsburgh from 2000-07. The Penguins' third-round pick in 1997 had his best offensive season in 2005-06, when he had three goals and 12 assists.

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