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NHL: Former Flyer Alberts storms off to Carolina

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a two-year, $2.1 million deal yesterday with former Flyer Andrew Alberts. The 6-foot-5 defenseman, 28, will earn $800,000 next season and $1.3 million in 2010-11.

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a two-year, $2.1 million deal yesterday with former Flyer Andrew Alberts.

The 6-foot-5 defenseman, 28, will earn $800,000 next season and $1.3 million in 2010-11.

After being acquired from Boston in October, he set career highs with the Flyers last season in games (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 defenseman Zack Fitzgerald.

Primeau joins ECHL. Former Flyer captain Keith Primeau was named special assistant to the general manager and director of player development for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the East Coast Hockey League. Primeau's duties will include player recruiting, scouting, evaluations, and team administration.

TV pact extended. The NHL and NBC have agreed to a two-year extension of their television contract that will keep the league on the network through the end of the 2010-11 season.

Thrashers keep goalie. Atlanta re-signed Kari Lehtonen, the team's career leader among goalies in games, wins, and shutouts. Terms were not disclosed. Lehtonen, 25, has a 94-83-17 career record with 14 shutouts in 204 games with the Thrashers.

Noteworthy. John Tavares signed a three-year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders, who took the 19-year-old forward first overall in last month's draft. . . . The Detroit Red Wings will open the regular season Oct. 2-3 with two games against the St. Louis Blues in Stockholm, Sweden. . . . San Jose signed center Scott Nichol, who spent the last four seasons with the Nashville Predators. . . . Montreal re-signed forward Guillaume Latendresse and defenseman Shawn Belle to one-year deals.

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