The Carolina Hurricanes announced this morning that forward Chad LaRose has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the team.
The deal will pay the 29-year-old LaRose, who scored 16 goals for the Hurricanes last season, $1.5 million for the 2011-12 season, $1.9 million in 2012-13.
A product of the Compuware youth hockey system, LaRose has played for the Hurricanes organization at nearly every level, including youth hockey (Compuware), junior hockey (Plymouth), the ECHL (Florida) and the NHL (Carolina).
“Chad has been one of my favorite players right through his entire Compuware career, and it is my hope that he is a lifelong player with the organization,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement released by the team this morning. “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 (5-foot-10, 181 lbs.) ranked sixth on the Hurricanes last season in goals and matched his career-high for points in a season with 31. The Fraser, Mich., native was fourth on the team in hits (196), and skated in a career-high 82 games. LaRose played his 400th NHL game for the Hurricanes on March 29 at Washington, and has now scored at least 10 goals in each of the last four seasons.