Mark Flood and Matt Corrente have signed two-way deals with the Hurricanes that could see the pair patrolling the blue line for the Checkers next season.
Flood, who spent last season in the KHL with a rebuilding Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, is back in North America after just one season overseas. Prior to leaving for Russia, Flood played several seasons in the AHL, including stops in Syracuse, Albany, Bridgeport, Manitoba, and St. John’s.
Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round of the 2003 draft, Flood, 28, is an offensive defenceman who can bring a definite spark to the Checkers powerplay. While he stands a chance at cracking the ‘Canes lineup next season, chances are that Flood will end up playing the bulk of his season in Charlotte.
Flood, a native of Charlottetown, PEI., has played 317 career AHL games, scoring 43 goals and adding 103 assists, as well as appearing in 19 playoff games, where he registered eight assists. Flood’s career highs came in 2010-11, when he put up 11 goals and 29 assists in 63 games with the Manitoba Moose.
Corrente, a New Jersey Devils first-round pick in 2006, can play at both the forward and defence positions, and is maybe best compared to a smaller — much, much smaller — John Scott.
While the 25-year-old was a first rounder, it’s safe to say he was drafted on potential rather than output. In his four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, Corrente never exceded 30 points, but amassed a staggering 419 PIM in 187 career regular season games. At the AHL level, where Corrente has spent his career with Devils affiliates Lowell and Albany, it’s been much of the same for Corrente. In his career, he’s had 49 points (13-36) in 163 games, but has racked up 350 PIM over that time.
According to the Hurricanes release, both deals are for one year.