Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Chris Durno to a one-year, two-way contract.
The Hurricanes are the parent club of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
The deal will pay Durno $525,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $140,000 for the season.
“Chris is a big, strong guy that will provide more depth up front,” said Francis. “He has good hands and will bring leadership and veteran experience to our organization.”
Durno totaled 19 goals, 17 assists (36 points) and 120 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games in 2010-11, serving as the captain of the Norfolk Admirals. The Scarborough, Ont., native has played 366 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Norfolk, Portland, San Antonio and Lake Erie, totaling 108 goals, 103 assists (211 points) and 519 penalty minutes. He set AHL career highs in games played (80), goals (23) and points (49) with San Antonio in 2007-08, and helped Milwaukee capture the Western Conference championship in 2005-06.
Durno has also played 42 career NHL games, all with Colorado, totaling four goals, four assists (8 points) and 47 penalty minutes.