The two-year contract calls for LaRose to make $3.4 million, which would be paid out in $1.5 million the first year, $1.9 million the second.
"Chad has been one of my favorite players right through his entire Compuware career, and it is my hope that he is a lifelong player with the organization," Rutherford said. "His work ethic and locker-room presence drive our team, whether it's a game or a practice, and he excels in his role on the ice for the Hurricanes."
The 29-year-old Michigan native scored 16 goals last season, sixth most on the team. He ended with a career-high 31 points.
Rutherford is still trying to work out deals with Erik Cole and Jussi Jokinen.
-- Brian Stubits
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