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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin, who scored two game-winning overtime goals during the Hurricanes' run to the Stanley Cup finals, signed a two-year contract with the team Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wallin, 27, played 52 games with the Hurricanes last season _ his second in the NHL. He had a goal and an assist with 36 penalty minutes in the regular season.

His playoff goals came against Montreal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Toronto.

``We're very happy to have Nic signed,'' said Jason Karmanos, the team's vice president and assistant general manager. ``We feel he'll play a big role with our team this year and in the future.''

Carolina selected Wallin with the first pick of the fourth round in the 2000 draft from Brynas IF Gavle in Sweden.