Hurricanes agree to deals with forward Angelidis, defenceman Fitzgerald

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes have added some needed size to their blue-line.

The Eastern Conference finallist agreed to a two-year, US$2.1-million deal with Andrew Alberts on Wednesday, bringing the six-foot-five defenceman over from Philadelphia. Alberts, 28, will earn $800,000 next year and $1.3 million in 2010-11.

He set career highs with the Flyers last year in games played (79), assists (12), points (13) and plus-minus rating (plus-6). He also led Flyers skaters with 157 hits and was third on the team with 133 blocked shots.

Carolina also announced one-year deals with forward Mike Angelidis and defenceman Zack Fitzgerald.

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Angelidis will make $500,000 at the NHL level or $55,000 at the American Hockey League level, with the AHL amount guaranteed. Fitzgerald will make $500,000 in the NHL or $60,000 in the AHL, with $65,000 guaranteed.

The 24-year-old Angelidis had 15 goals in 67 games last year with Albany, Carolina’s AHL affiliate. The 24-year-old Fitzgerald played last season with Manitoba of the AHL, leading the team with 209 penalty minutes and ranking third among its defencemen with a plus-13 rating.