Bryan Allen To Test Market In 2012 NHL Free Agency

March 11, 2012: Sunrise, FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen (5) during the third period against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. Panthers won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Bryan Allen will hit the 2012 NHL free agency market on July 1, according GM Jim Rutherford.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen will join 2012 NHL free agency market on July 1, according to general manager Jim Rutherford. Allen is currently in the final year of a five-year contract worth $14.5 million. He carries a $2.9 million salary cap with him.

Allen picked up just 14 points in a full 82-game slate last season. At 6'5, 226 pounds, he never had to pretend that offense was his forte anyway. As Canes Country points out, Allen was a solid shutdown defenseman who logged a lot of minutes on penalty kills and led the team with 188 blocked shots last season.

Carolina shored up its defense Monday, signing Jamie McBain to a new contract and reaching a one-year deal with 24-year-old defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti. Sanguinetti played three game with the Canes last season, but notched zero points. He had 47 points in 60 games played with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL, however.

For more on Allen and the Hurricanes, head over to the SB Nation blog Canes Country.

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