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Hurricanes sign Palushaj to one-year deal

The Carolina Hurricanes, NHL affiliate of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, have agreed to terms with right wing Aaron Palushaj on a one-year contract.

Palushaj, 23, scored two goals and added seven assists (nine points) in 25 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche in 2012-13. The Livonia, Mich., native also played 21 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs prior to being acquired by Colorado on waivers on Feb. 5. With Hamilton, Palushaj totaled 10 points (7g, 3a).

Selected by the Canadiens in the second round (44th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Palushaj has earned 14 points (3g, 11a) and totaled 18 penalty minutes in 66 career NHL games with Montreal and Colorado. He has played 190 games on the AHL level with Peoria and Hamilton, notching 54 goals and 82 assists (136 points).