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Canes sign Clark Bishop to one-year contract

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) goes into the boards against Carolina Hurricanes center Clark Bishop (64) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington.
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen (2) goes into the boards against Carolina Hurricanes center Clark Bishop (64) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Washington. AP

Clark Bishop, a forward who made his NHL debut and played 20 regular-season games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday.

Bishop, 23, will receive $700,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level, with an $80,000 guarantee.

“Clark is a reliable, two-way center,” Canes general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “He filled in nicely at the NHL level when we had some injuries last season, and we look forward to his continued development.”

Bishop, who was a restricted free agent, made his NHL debut Oct. 20 against Colorado and notched first career NHL points with a goal and assist in the Nov. 30 game against Anaheim. He finished with three points in the rgeular season but gave the Canes solid two-way play as a fourth-line center, and played in the first two games of the Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders.

Bishop had three goals and three assists in 38 regular-season games with the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL and played 16 games in the Checkers’ Calder Cup run.

In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.
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