Justin Shugg

Hurricanes hand Shugg one-year, two-way deal


The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Justin Shugg to a one-year, two-way contract on Sunday.

Carolina shared details about the contract: it would pay $600K at the NHL level and $85K in the AHL. There is also a guarantee of $100K.

Shugg, 23, managed to play in three games with the Hurricanes in 2014-15, failing to generate a point. In 65 games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, Shugg scored 21 goals and 43 points.

“Justin provides our organization with good depth at forward,” GM Ron Francis said. “He led Charlotte in scoring last season and has improved his offensive production each year since turning pro.”

It’s unclear if Shugg is likely to face more or less time with the Hurricanes in 2015-16. If nothing else, he provides some injury insurance.

Canes add LaRose, cut nine

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Saturday the club has added forward Chad LaRose to its’ training camp roster on a professional tryout.

LaRose, who sat out the entire 2013-14 season, signed a contract with the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, this summer.

The 32-year-old scored 85 goals and 80 points to go along with 286 penalty minutes in 508 career NHL games all with Carolina before missing last season.

Additionally, the Canes’ announced defensemen Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe along with goaltender Daniel Altshuller were assigned to the Checkers.

Carolina has placed forwards Ben Holmstrom, Justin Shugg, Greg Nemisz and Jared Staal on waivers. All four will be assigned to Charlotte if they clear.

Forward Kyle Hagel, who has an AHL contract with Charlotte, has been released from Hurricanes’ camp.