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Former Stampede forward Chad LaRose signed a two-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. The deal will pay LaRose $1.5 million in 2009-10 and $1.9 million in 2010-11.

"Chad has grown into a key player for our franchise," Hurricanes President Jim Rutherford told Carolinahurricanes.com. "He had his best year last season and is an important penalty killer and popular player in our locker room and with our fans."

LaRose, 27, established career highs in games played (81), goals (19) and points (31), and matched his career-best in assists (12) in 2008-09. The Fraser, MI, native ranked tied for first among Hurricanes skaters in shorthanded goals (2), and was second in shorthanded points (4), fifth in total goals (19) and sixth in plus/minus (+6). During the Stanley Cup playoffs, LaRose (5'10", 181 lbs.) ranked tied for second on the team in scoring (11 points) and third on the team in assists (7), skating in all 18 of Carolina's postseason contests.

Originally signed by the Hurricanes as an undrafted free agent in August 2003, LaRose has totaled 37 goals and 48 assists (85 points) and 126 penalty minutes in 268 career NHL games with the Hurricanes. In 39 career playoff games, he has tallied 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists), capturing the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006.

LaRose played in Sioux Falls from 1999 to 2001, posting 88 points (40g, 48a) in 78 career games. He becomes the second former Stampede player to re-sign with his original NHL club this off-season. Alex Goligoski signed a three-year extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins in early June.
 
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