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Canes, Blanchard Agree to Terms on Two-Year Deal

Forward ranked second among Checkers skaters in penalty minutes in 2011-12

Monday, 05.21.2012 / 3:08 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Canes, Blanchard Agree to Terms on Two-Year Deal
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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Nicolas Blanchard on a two-year, two-way contract. The deal will play Blanchard $525,000 per season at the NHL level, or $100,000 per season at the minor-league level, with a guarantee of $125,000 per season.

“Nicolas is a physical and reliable forward who continues to develop his game,” said Francis. “He has been a leader on and off the ice, and is well respected by his teammates and coaches.”

Blanchard, 24, completed his fifth full professional season in 2011-12, scoring nine goals, earning 12 assists (21 points) and accumulating 103 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Granby, Que., native ranked second among Checkers skaters in penalty minutes in 2011-12, marking the fourth straight season he has ranked among the top three in penalty minutes for Carolina’s AHL affiliates. Blanchard (6’3”, 200 lbs.) has scored 50 goals, earned 56 assists (106 points) and compiled 579 penalty minutes in 342 career AHL regular-season games with Albany and Charlotte. The Hurricanes drafted Blanchard in the sixth round, 192nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has yet to make his NHL debut.

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3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
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A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72