Hurricanes add depth with Roy

The Carolina Hurricanes, parent club of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, announced Wednesday that the team has signed defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Roy $600,000 on the NHL level or $125,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of at least $150,000.

“We wanted to add more depth to our defense,” said Rutherford. “Mathieu is an experienced player who is capable of contributing at the NHL level or in the AHL with Charlotte.”

Roy, 28, split last season between the NHL and AHL, skating in four NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played 45 games in the AHL with Norfolk, totaling four goals and 18 assists (22 points) and earning a plus-9 rating. The St-Martin de Beauce, Que., native also played in six Calder Cup playoff games for the Admirals, earning one assist.

Originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Roy (6-foot-2, 210 lbs.) has skated in 65 career NHL games with Edmonton, Columbus and Tampa Bay, totaling 13 points (2g, 11a) and 76 penalty minutes.

In 301 career AHL games with Toronto/Edmonton, Hamilton, Springfield, Syracuse, Rochester and Norfolk, Roy has scored 20 goals and earned 97 assists for 117 points.