The Carolina Hurricanes
signed right wing Chad LaRose
to a new two-year contract Wednesday.
The deal will pay LaRose $1.5 million in 2011-12 and $1.9 million in 2012-13.
LaRose --who was sixth on the Hurricanes last season with 16 goals -- would have become an unrestricted free agent Friday had he not signed.
The 29-year-old skated in a career-high 82 games in 2010-11, and matched his career high with 31 points.
"Chad has been one of my favorite players right through his entire Compuware career, and it is my hope that he is a life-long player with the organization," Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "His work ethic and locker room presence drive our team, whether it's a game or a practice, and he excels in his role on the ice for the Hurricanes."
LaRose, a native of Fraser, Mich., is a product of the Compuware youth hockey program, which was founded by Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos. LaRose also played for Karmanos-owned teams in junior hockey (OHL's Plymouth Whalers), the ECHL (Florida Everblades) and NHL.
In 406 NHL games, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound forward has totaled 64 goals and 80 assists along with 209 penalty minutes. LaRose has scored at least 10 goals in each of the last four seasons.
In 39 Stanley Cup playoff games, LaRose has 4 goals and 8 assists. He played in 21 of the 25 games during Carolina's 2006 run to the Stanley Cup championship.