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7/20/2006 12:51:16 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenceman J.D. Forrest on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Forrest $450,000 at the NHL level and $50,000 at the American Hockey League level.

''J.D.'s game has developed in Finland over the past two seasons,'' said Karmanos. ''He plays an offensive style and he adds more depth to our prospects on defense.''

Forrest, 25, played for Assat Pori of SM-Liiga, the top professional league in Finland in 2005-06. He ranked third among Assat Pori defencemen in scoring with six goals and five assists (11 points) in 43 regular season games. He notched four assists in 14 playoff contests. In 2004-05, Forrest played for SaiPa Lappeenranta of SM-Liiga, ranking second among the team's defencemen in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 53 games.

Prior to playing in Europe, Forrest spent four years on the blue line for Boston College of Hockey East, totaling 98 points and 122 penalty minutes in 144 career games. The Auburn, NY, native was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team and NCAA East Second All-American Team following his junior season with the Eagles.
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