Canes reach deals with D Komisarek, G Khudobin

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 2:06 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes opened free agency by giving one-year contracts to veteran defenseman Mike Komisarek and backup goalie Anton Khudobin.

The deals announced Friday will pay Komisarek $700,000 and Khudobin $800,000.

The moves address two of the Hurricanes' top priorities this offseason — bolstering their defense, and finding an affordable backup for All-Star goalie Cam Ward.

Earlier this week, they picked up defenseman Andrej Sekera in a draft-day trade with Buffalo for defenseman Jamie McBain.

General manager Jim Rutherford says he feels "pretty good that the Hurricanes have improved their team" while expressing confidence that first-round draft pick Elias Lindholm, a forward, will make the team during preseason camp.

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