Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Manny Malhotra (mal-HOH-truh) on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Malhotra $600,000 at the NHL level, or $125,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of $250,000.

“Manny brings a level of veteran leadership to the Hurricanes organization and gives the team depth at the center position,” said Rutherford. “He has demonstrated in his career that he can be an extremely good defensive player and faceoff man.”

Malhotra, 33, signed a professional tryout contract with Carolina’s AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, on Oct. 3. The Mississauga, Ont., native has played in eight games with Charlotte this season. He played in nine games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2012-13, sitting out most of the season with a recurring eye injury originally suffered in Vancouver’s game against Colorado on March 16, 2011.