RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a three-year contract with winger Scott Walker, who could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The deal announced Wednesday will pay Walker $2.5 million per season.
Carolina acquired Walker from Nashville last summer. Walker ranked sixth on the team with 21 goals, 30 assists and 51 points with 45 penalty minutes in 81 games. He also brought needed toughness to a roster built primarily on speed.
Walker will enter his 13th NHL season in 2007-08.
``Keeping Scott in Carolina was one of our top priorities this offseason,'' Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said. ``He brings skill and grit to our forward lines and he has become one of our team's leaders on and off the ice.''

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