Hurricanes agree to terms with forwards Aucoin, Gove

Updated: July 12, 2006, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Wednesday on two-year contracts with forwards Keith Aucoin and Dave Gove, prospects who made their NHL debut last season and practiced with the team during its Stanley Cup run.

Aucoin will make $450,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League level in the first year of the deal, which will increase to $475,000 and $110,000 respectively in the second year. The deal guarantees him at least $125,000 per year.

Gove will make $450,000 at the NHL level in the first year and $475,000 in the second. He is also slated to make $75,000 each season at the AHL level with an annual guarantee of at least $100,000 per year.

Aucoin led Lowell of the AHL with 29 goals and 56 assists in 72 regular-season games last year. He also tallied an assist in seven games with Carolina last season, making his debut against Montreal on Jan. 23.

Gove had 20 goals and 26 assists in 65 regular-season games for Lowell. He made his NHL debut with Carolina at Montreal on Jan. 31.

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