The Canes have agreed to terms with defenseman Jay Harrison on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Harrison $650,000 in 2011-12 and $750,000 in 2012-13.
General manager Jim Rutherford noted Harrison, 28, took a "big step" forward last year and praised Harrison for bringing a "physical and defensive element" to the blue line.
Harrison had NHL career highs last season with 72 games played, three goals, seven assists, 10 points and 72 penalty minutes, while averaging 15:16 of ice time per game.
The Oshawa, Ont., native finished 2010-11 with a plus-5 plus/minus rating to rank first among Hurricanes defensemen who played in more than half of the team’s games. In 130 career NHL games with Toronto and Carolina, Harrison has scored four goals, earned 14 assists and accumulated 140 penalty minutes.