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Carson re-signs with Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes, parent club of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Carson on a one-year, two-way contract.

“Brett got his first shot at being a regular on the NHL level last season, and proved that he could provide a consistent, solid presence on our back end,” said Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford. “We’re happy that we were able to get this deal done and bring him back, as this really strengthens the depth of our defense.”

Carson, who was scoreless in five career NHL games entering the 2009-10 season, recorded two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 54 contests with Carolina last year. The 24-year-old Regina, Sask., native ranked second among Hurricanes skaters in plus/minus with a plus-5 rating, and was fourth on the team in blocked shots (89). He scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 10, beating Ottawa’s Pascal Leclaire, and averaged 17:22 in ice time per game.

Carson also skated in 14 AHL games with Albany in 2009-10, notching three goals and eight assists (11 points).

Drafted by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 109th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Carson (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) has 13 goals, 75 assists (88 points) and 92 penalty minutes in 223 career AHL games, all with Albany.