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Carolina signs Gragnani — one year, $800,000

Jul 11, 2012, 2:15 PM EST

Marc-Andre Gragnani

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with former Canucks and Sabres defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year, two-way deal worth $800,000.

Gragnani, 25, turned heads during the 2011 postseason when he led Buffalo in scoring — seven points in seven games — during the Sabres’ opening-round loss to Philadelphia.

He followed that up by scoring 12 points in 44 games last season before being dealt to Vancouver…where things didn’t go especially well.

The Canucks dressed Gragnani for 14 games (the exact number that prevented him from becoming a Group 6 unrestricted free agent) during which he proved to be a defensive liability, finishing minus-4.

Vancouver then tried to trade Gragnani at the draft but, when no suitors emerged, he wasn’t given a qualifying offer and became a UFA anyway.

Gragnani should have a decent shot of sticking in Carolina given the Hurricanes’ lack of depth on the blueline. Joni Pitkanen, Tim Gleason, Joe Corvo, Jamie McBain, Justin Faulk and Jay Harrison are the six under contract, though 2011 first-round pick Ryan Murphy will be in the mix as well.

  1. sergeikremlin - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    I’m still surprised the Canucks gave up on this young offensive d-man who they got in the Hodgson trade so quickly. There must have been character issues there with Gragnani because they barely gave him a chance.

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    There might as well be “character issues” with the Canucks…

  3. pgpcbuild - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    This guy is terrible, that’s why he was let go. No Character issues. If you watched him he was a defensive mess, in fact I told my wife I had seen minor league players, play better than him and that’s no joke.

    • sergeikremlin - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM

      Right, he’s terrible and worse than a minor league player, which is why he laces them up in the show.

      His numbers before the Canucks:

      2010/11 – 63 GP, 60 pts, +22 (AHL)
      2011/12 – 44 GP, 12 pts, +10 (Buffalo)

      Canucks did what they do a lot, keep them on a short leash, throw them in Vigneault’s dog house at the first sign of any mistake, and ruin their confidence. Same thing happened with Ballard.

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    i just said yesterday that carolina needed to pick up some cheap depth on the blue line…not a bad pick-up for 800k

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