Clark Bishop will again be suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers next season. The 23 year-old center has signed a one-year extension with the Hurricanes organization. It is a two-way contract; he will be paid $700,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level, with an $80,000 guarantee. Bishop will require clearing waivers to be assigned to Charlotte next season.
Bishop had three points (1g, 2a) while playing 20 games with the Hurricanes last season, the final year of his entry-level contract signed in 2016. He spent most of the year with the Checkers, where he recorded six points (3g, 3a) in 38 AHL regular season games. He went on to record three points (2g, 1a) in 16 playoff games, helping the Checkers to their first Calder Cup Championship.
In all likelihood, Bishop will play the majority of next season in Charlotte, barring injuries to the Canes’ top centers. Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal are locked in as the top two centers, while newcomer Erik Haula seems a solid bet as the 3rd line center. Lucas Wallmark, who at times played top-six minutes, now appears likely to center the 4th line with the departure of Greg McKegg. This is to say nothing of how former first-rounder Martin Necas fits into the depth chart.
In case you missed it, check out Canes Country’s season recap of Bishop here. The release from the team is below.
CANES RE-SIGN CLARK BISHOP TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
Forward played 20 NHL games for Carolina in 2018-19
Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has re-signed forward Clark Bishop to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2019-20 season. The deal will pay Bishop $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,” said Waddell. “He filled in nicely at the NHL level when we had some injuries last season, and we look forward to his continued development.”
Bishop, 23, recorded three points (1g, 2a) in 20 NHL regular-season games with the Hurricanes last season. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 20 vs. Colorado and registered his first career NHL points with a goal and an assist on Nov. 30 vs. Anaheim. The 6’1”, 199-pound forward also made his NHL postseason debut in 2019, skating in Games 1 and 2 of Carolina’s Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Islanders.
The St. John’s, N.L., native posted six points (3g, 3a) in 38 AHL regular-season games with the Charlotte Checkers in 2018-19. He added three points (2g, 1a) in 16 AHL playoff games in 2019 as the Checkers captured their first-ever Calder Cup Championship. At the AHL level, Bishop has tallied 40 points (12g, 28a) in 148 career regular-season games and five points (4g, 1a) in 24 career playoff games. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in the fifth round, 127th overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft.