The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Andrew Alberts, who had a team-high 157 hits and blocked 133 shots for the Philadelphia Flyers last season.
It's a two-year deal that will pay him $800,000 this season and $1.3 million next year.
Alberts is 6-foot-5 and 218 pounds.
"These last two days have been real good to us, getting players that play with a little bit more edge and some size," said Jim Rutherford, Hurricanes general manager and president, who also signed 6-foot, 200-pound wing Tom Kostopoulos on Tuesday.
Rutherford described Alberts as “a big, physical defenseman who should be just coming into his prime at the NHL level."
Alberts, of Minneapolis, is 28 and is coming off a season in which he accumalted career highs in games played (79), goals (1), assists (12), points (13) and plus/minus (+6) after an Oct. 13 trade to the Flyers, a season after an injury in the previous season.
He played in all six of the Flyers' playoff games last season, earning an assist and totaling 10 penalty minutes against Pittsburgh.
The Boston Bruins drafted him in the sixth round of the 2001 draft. He scored two goals, 30 assists (32 points) and 292 penalty minutes in 263 career NHL games with the Bruins and Flyers.
He was a two-time NCAA East First-Team All-American at Boston College, where he played four seasons.
Rutherford said the signing doesn't rule out re-signing defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
"We're still working on adding one more defenseman," he said.
That, Rutherford added, would allow the team to buy out the final year of defenseman Frank Kaberle's contract at about two-thirds of the $2.2 million he would have otherwise made this year and spread the payments over the next two seasons.
Defenseman Anton Babchuk, Rutherford said, does appear to be out. Babchuk, with no arbitration rights, wants more than the $1 million he's been offered, and has threatened to play in Russia next season.
"I don't believe so," Rutherford said of Babchuk still being an option. "Based on conversations with his agent, his position hasn't changed and ours' hasn't changed."