Carolina Hurricanes Sign Bobby Sanguinetti, Nicolas Blanchard To 2-Way Contracts

NASHVILLE TN - SEPTEMBER 23: Patric Hornqvist #27 of the Nashville Predators skates against Bobby Sanguinetti #24 of the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena on September 23 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, a former first-round draft pick, has signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

After signing Jamie McBain to a new contract Monday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford took to the task of locking up young defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a deal. It didn't take long.

Sanguinettti has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the organization, according to Canes Country. He'll earn $700,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level. It's the second contract of Sanguinetti's young career, and he was set to become a restricted free agent this July 1 after the expiration of his entry-level deal.

Sanguinetti played 60 games with the American Hockey League's Charlotte Checkers in 2011-12, finishing the year with 47 points in those games. He registered zero points in three games with the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes hope he can challenge for a spot on the NHL roster this season.

The 24-year-old New Jersey native was originally drafted by the New York Rangers with the 21st overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft. He was acquired by the Hurricanes in June 2010 via a trade which sent a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick back to New York.

The team also announced Monday that they've signed tough AHL forward Nicolas Blanchard to a two-year, two-way contract worth the NHL league minimum of $525,000 and an AHL salary worth $105,000. The deal guarantees Blanchard at leas $125,000 per season.

For more on the Hurricanes, check in with Canes Country.

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