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Hurricanes Sign Kevin Hatcher

July 31, 2000

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Kevin Hatcher, a five-time all-star, joined his fifth NHL team on Monday, signing with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 33-year-old defenseman spent last season with the New York Rangers. He has also played for Washington, Dallas and Pittsburgh since entering the league in 1984.

The Rangers decided earlier this month not to re-sign Hatcher and Mathieu Schneider, using that money on defenseman Valdimir Malakhov, formerly of the New Jersey Devils.

Hatcher joins newly signed defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh with the Hurricanes.

This season, the Hurricanes lost free agents agents Gary Roberts, Sean Hill, Paul Coffey and Andrei Kovalenko.

Hatcher, who earned $3.1 million last season, had four goals and 19 assists in 74 games for the Rangers. He has 223 goals, 436 assists and 1,354 penalty minutes in 1,100 regular-season NHL games.

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