'Canes sign Riley Nash

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, Last Updated: 3:16 PM ET

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes have signed centre Riley Nash to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal will pay Nash $550,000 in 2010-11, $600,000 in 2011-12 and $700,000 in 2012-13 at the NHL level.

He will be paid $65,000 at the American Hockey League level in all three seasons and will also receive a $262,500 signing bonus.

The 21-year-old Nash scored 12 goals and added 23 assists in 30 games as a junior at Cornell last season. In his three seasons with the Big Red, the Consort, Alberta native recorded 37 goals and 65 helpers in 102 games.

"Riley has excellent playmaking ability from the centre position, and was a consistent point-producer at Cornell," said assistant general manager Jason Karmanos. "He'll have an opportunity during training camp to earn a spot on our NHL roster."

He was originally selected 21st overall by Edmonton in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and was acquired last month by the Hurricanes in exchange for the 46th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.


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