Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk Sign New Deals

Restricted free agent forwards Drayson Bowman (27) and Zack Boychuk (11) each came to terms with Carolina this week. (Photo by Jamie Kellner)

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed their final two restricted free agents this week, reaching a two-year deal with Drayson Bowman Monday and a one-year contract with Zach Boychuk Tuesday.

Bowman's contract is the more interesting of the two, giving the 23-year-old forward a one-way deal in the second year. Bowman will earn $600,000 in the NHL both years — the second of which will be guaranteed — and $105,000 for time spent in the AHL in 2012-13.

Bowman is entering his fourth professional season and had his most extended stay in Raleigh in 2011-12, playing 37 games with the Hurricanes and scoring six goals and seven assists.

Boychuk re-signed for one year and will earn $625,000 on the Hurricanes roster or $105,000 in the AHL. Boychuk, the 14th overall pick in 2008, led the Charlotte Checkers in scoring last season, finishing with 44 points in 64 games, but had just two assists in 16 games with the Hurricanes.

The releases from the team are after the jump.

‘CANES SIGN BOWMAN TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
Winger set career highs in NHL goals, assists and points in 2011-12

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed left wing Drayson Bowman to a two-year contract. The deal will pay Bowman $600,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2012-13. He will be paid $600,000 in 2013-14.

Bowman, 23, split the 2011-12 season between Carolina and the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. With the Hurricanes, Bowman (6’1", 190 lbs.) established NHL career highs in goals (6), assists (7), points (13) and games played (37), earning the majority of his NHL playing time in the second half of the season. He added 13 goals and 13 assists (26 points) in 42 games with Charlotte.

Drafted by Carolina in the third round, 72nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Bowman has scored eight goals and earned eight assists (16 points) in 69 career NHL games with the Hurricanes. He has appeared in 149 career AHL games with Albany and Charlotte, totaling 42 goals and 46 assists (88 points). Bowman, who was born in Grand Rapids, MI, but raised in Littleton, CO, played junior hockey for Spokane of the Western Hockey League (WHL) prior to turning professional, notching 242 points (130g, 112a) in 265 games and helping the Chiefs capture the 2008 Memorial Cup championship.

HURRICANES SIGN ZACK BOYCHUK TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
Forward led Charlotte Checkers in goals in 2011-12

RALEIGH, NC – Jason Karmanos, Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team signed forward Zach Boychuk (BOY-chuhk) to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Boychuk $625,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2012-13.

Boychuk, 22, split the 2011-12 season between Carolina and the team’s AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. The Airdrie, Alb., native earned two assists in 16 NHL games, averaging 8:55 in ice time per game. Boychuk (5’10", 185 lbs.) led the Checkers with 21 goals, and ranked third among Charlotte skaters with 44 points in 64 AHL games.

Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk has scored seven goals and earned 11 assists in 72 career NHL games. He has totaled 58 goals and 88 assists (146 points) in 178 career AHL games with Albany and Charlotte. Prior to turning professional, Boychuk skated in 237 regular-season games over four seasons with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, totaling 110 goals and 161 assists (271 points). He captured gold medals with Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as an alternate captain during the 2009 World Juniors.

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