The Canes have agreed to terms with forward Jiri Tlusty on a one-year, one-way contract that will pay him $500,000 in the 2010-2011 season.
Tlusty, 22, was acquired by the Canes from Toronto on Dec. 3, 2009, in exchange for the rights to center Philippe Paradis, Carolina's first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Tlusty played a combined 20 games with Toronto and the Canes, and had one goal and six assists in his 18 games with Carolina.
"Jiri is a smart and skilled player who can play in all situations," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He played well with the Hurricanes last year and is ready to become an everyday NHL player."
A native of Slany, Czech Republic, Tlusty also played 39 AHL games last season, notching 14 goals and 16 assists with the Toronto Marlies and the Albany River Rats.
In four full professional seasons in North America, Tlusty has 11 goals and 15 assists in 92 NHL games with Toronto and Carolina.