Andersen agrees to contract with Hurricanes

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Frederik Andersen agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

The 31-year-old goalie was 13-8-3 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .895 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts) with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, playing only one game after March 19 because of a lower-body injury.

“I’m definitely excited,” Andersen said. “I’ve heard really good things (about Carolina). Definitely [an] underrated place to live, and obviously the organization’s got some good culture and definitely been improving over the last few years, so very excited to be there.

“Given the way last year ended with some injuries and the way that kind of played out, I think [I’m] definitely motivated just to get fully healthy and get back to a level I know I can play at. … It’s a great opportunity to reestablish my game again.”

Selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round (No. 87) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Andersen is 226-100-48 with a 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage and 19 shutouts in 393 regular-season games (381 starts) with the Maple Leafs and Ducks. He is fourth in Toronto history with 149 wins, behind Turk Broda (304), Johnny Bower (219) and Felix Potvin (160).

In 53 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Andersen is 27-23 with a 2.55 GAA, .916 save percentage and three shutouts.

“Frederik has been a starting goalie in this league and has an established track record,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said. “We believe that his experience will help us achieve further success.”

 

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The Hurricanes also signed Antti Raanta to a one-year, $2 million contract on Wednesday, losing goalies Petr Mrazek, James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier to free agency.

Raanta, 32, was 5-5-2 with a 3.36 GAA and .905 save percentage in 12 games (11 starts) for the Arizona Coyotes, missing most of the season because of injury. He’s 93-65-20 with a 2.46 GAA, .919 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 198 NHL games (179 starts).

“Antti Raanta, his track record, if you look at his numbers, he’s got unbelievable (numbers),” Waddell said. “He’s run into some injuries the last few years. We went through the whole process as we do with every player that we sign. We really feel that with the right training, which he’s doing now, and working with our team here that if he can stay healthy, if you go back and look at them for five or six years, his numbers are outstanding. So we felt very comfortable with making that decision.

“We think that combo of [Raanta and Andersen] give us the best opportunity to win hockey games and take us to where we want to get to.”

Mrazek signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract ($3.8 million AAV) with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 29-year-old was limited because of injuries last season and went 6-2-3 with a 2.06 GAA, .923 save percentage and three shutouts in 12 games. He was 1-1 with a 3.90 GAA and .873 save percentage in two playoff games.

Reimer signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. The 33-year-old was 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage in 22 games (21 starts) last season.

Bernier signed a two-year, $8.25 million contract ($4.125 average annual value) with the New Jersey Devils. The 32-year-old was traded to the Hurricanes by the Detroit Red Wings for goalie Alex Nedeljkovic on July 22.

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