The Carolina Hurricanes
agreed to terms with forward Jiri Tlusty
and defenseman Jay Harrison
. Both received one-year contracts for 2010-11. The announcement was made by President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.
"Jiri a smart and skilled player who can play in all situations," Rutherford said. "He played well with the Hurricanes last year, and is ready to become an everyday NHL player."
Tlusty, 22, was acquired from Toronto on Dec. 3, 2009, in exchange for the rights to center Philippe Paradis
. After going scoreless in two appearances with the Maple Leafs, Tlusty scored a goal and 5 assists in 18 games with the Hurricanes following the trade. The Slany, Czech Republic, native also played in 39 AHL games last season, scoring 14 goals and 16 assists with the Toronto Marlies and the Albany River Rats.
In 92 career NHL games, Tlusty has 11 goals and 15 assists.
"We really like Jay's all-around game, and especially the level of toughness he brings to our team," Rutherford said. "He is a character guy, as he proved by playing through an injury most of last season."
Harrison, 27, established career highs in games played (38), goals (1), assists (5), points (6) and penalty minutes (50) for the Hurricanes in 2009-10. The Oshawa, Ontario, native also had 2 goals and 12 assists in 32 games with Albany.