Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 07/16/10 at 09:07 AM ET
On Thursday afternoon, the Hurricanes announced the signings of goaltender Justin Pogge and defenseman Bryan Rodney to one year two-way contracts. This is good news for Charlotte, where both players will spend the bulk of, if not all of, the season.
Pogge, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on the trading deadline this past spring will compete with Mike Murphy for the starting job down on the farm. His contract is for the league minimum $500k at the NHL level and $85k at the AHL level. He is guaranteed $105k.
Rodney’s contract is for $525k at the NHL level or $105k at the AHL level.
Fans in Charlotte may already be familiar with Bryan Rodney. In 2005-06 and 06-07, he was in the Rangers organization and spent significant time playing at the ECHL level with the Charlotte Checkers. Last season, he spent 22 games with the big team, registering 11 (1/10) points and 8 PIMs. He played 54 games with the Rats, earning 35 (7/28) points and 42 PIMs. He also played in all eight playoff games, notching four assists.
When Carolina sent Aaron Ward to Anaheim on March 3, they received the promising netminder Pogge and a fourth round pick in the 2010 Draft. That pick was used to acquire Justin Shugg, who ended up being one of the shining stars of the prospects’ conditioning camp last week. This was a very important trade because at the time, there was a very serious lack of organizational depth at the goaltender position. So much that Albany had to take a goalie on loan from some ECHL club. Although Pogge does have a few games of NHL experience with the Leafs in 2008-09, there are no expectations for him to play in Raleigh.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.