RALEIGH, NC—The Carolina Hurricanes announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Nicolas Blanchard on a two-year, two-way contract and defenseman Casey Borer on a one-year, two-way contract.
Blanchard, 23, notched 14 goals, eight assists (22 points) and 171 penalty minutes in 76 games for Albany of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2009-10. The Granby, Que., native had his season cut short in 2008-09 after suffering serious injuries in the River Rats’ Feb. 19, 2009, bus accident, but returned to play a full season and eight Calder Cup playoff games for Albany in 2009-10.
Borer, 24, played two games for the Hurricanes in 2009-10, completing his own comeback from serious injuries suffered in Albany’s February 2009 bus crash. After missing the season’s first 44 games following surgery on his neck, Borer skated in 30 regular-season contests for Albany, totaling one goal and eight assists (9 points). The Minneapolis, MN, native earned one assist and a plus-7 rating in six Calder Cup playoff games for the River Rats.
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Blanchard player profile
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