Canes Sign Stephane Yelle

Cindy BowlingContributor IAugust 19, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 14:  Stephane Yelle #18 of the Boston Bruins takes the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 14, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Hurricanes defeated the Bruins 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Canes just became stronger up the middle with the signing of 6"2 center Stephane Yelle for a very reasonable price of $550,000.   He had a solid year in Boston with 7 goals and 11 assists.  Along with being plus/minus 6 for the season, Yelle won 52% of his faceoffs and is a fearless shock blocker.  Yelle brings along 2 Stanley Cup rings from '96 and '01 with the Colorado Avalanche.  He is a savy veteran who knows what it takes to win the cup.  You can never have too many proven winners in the locker room.