Former Michigan State standout Jake Chelios has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Friday.
The defenseman, who is the son of NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, would earn $575,000 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the American Hockey League.
Chelios, 25, had 31 points (24 assists) in 73 games with the 'Canes AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers this season.
“Jake was a steady presence for Charlotte last season in his first full season playing defense,” Carolina executive vice president and GM Ron Francis said. “He showed that he can contribute offensively and, at 25, he fits in well with our organization’s young defensemen.”
Chelios split last season between the ECHL Toledo Walleye and the AHL Chicago Wolves. He played four seasons (2010-14) at MSU where he had 54 career points (17 goals and 37 assists) in 154 career games.