Winger Tim Wallace of Anchorage, who last season doubled the number of NHL games he had played in three previous seasons, has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes -- the Associated Press pegs his salary at $700,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL.
Wallace, 27, is headed to his fourth NHL organization. The Notre Dame grad started with Pittsburgh, then went to the New York Islanders and ended last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning after they picked him up on waivers.
In 49 combined games with Tampa Bay and New York last season, Wallace earned 3-6--9 totals. He's entering his seventh season as a pro -- that's a lot for a guy who went the college route. Then again, Wallace was a true freshman at Notre Dame.
Wallace, a two-time 20-goal scorer in the AHL who moved up to the Islanders last season after racking 20 points in 24 games with AHL Bridgeport (coached then by former Alaska Aces bench boss Brent Thompson), will fight for a roster spot with the big club, whose AHL affiliate is the Charlotte Checkers.
By the way, Wallace is one of those guys who made the long climb up the hockey ladder -- he started his pro career in the ECHL.