The Canes continued to retool their defense Wednesday, signing defenseman Josef Melichar to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Melichar, 29, spent six seasons with the Penguins before playing last season in Sweden and his native Czech Republic. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder has seven goals and 33 assists in 310 career NHL games.
Rumored to be returning to the Penguins, Melichar gives the Hurricanes six defensemen under contract (Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo, Frantisek Kaberle, Niclas Wallin, Anton Babchuk) and two restricted free agents (Joni Pitkanen and Dennis Seidenberg).
But with money tight and the Canes hurdling over their budget of $45 million, another trade might be needed to clear a little room.