Carolina signs Aaron Palushaj to one-year deal

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The Carolina Hurricanes have announced the signing of forward Aaron Palushaj to a one-year, two-way deal.

Palushaj is set to earn $600,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 annually in the minors, but he’s guaranteed to make at least $225,000 in 2013-14.

At 23, he was an unrestricted free agent after the Colorado Avalanche declined to present him with a qualifying offer.

“Aaron is still a young player and has some NHL experience under his belt,” said Ron Francis, the Hurricanes vice president of hockey operations. “He has good speed and good hands and we believe he can push for a job in Raleigh come September.”

He’s enjoyed some very strong offensive seasons in the AHL, but has just 14 points in 66 NHL contests so far. The Michigan-native scored two goals and nine points in 25 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season.