Former Bruin fourth line center Stephane Yelle has signed a one year contract worth $550,000 with the Carolina Hurricane. The Bruins informed Yelle at the conclusion of the playoffs that they did not intend to bring him back for the 2009-2010 season. With the addition of Steve Begin and the resigning of Byron Bitz to a one-way deal, there was no room for Yelle on the fourth line. Last season Yelle recorded 7 goals and 11 assists while averaging 13:15 TOI per game. However, in the last 26 games of the regular season he only recorded one assist and was a -7. Yelle won 52% of the faceoffs he took last season and provided solid penalty killing skills with excellent shot blocking abilities. The Bruins hope Begin can fill the void left by Yelle, especially in the faceoff department.
Yelle Signs with Carolina