Canes sign Jeremy Welsh

September 11, 2012 

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Shawn Matthias (18)and Jeremy Welsh reach for puck in the first period in a game with the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes at Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise on April 7 ,2012.

JOE RIMKUS JR. — Miami Herald Staff

The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday took care of some unfinished offseason business, signing forward Jeremy Welsh to a two-year contract.

In 2012-13, the deal will pay the former Union College star $700,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the minor-league level. In 2013-14, Welsh will receive $1 million.

General manager Jim Rutherford, in announcing the signing, noted Welsh can play center or left wing and has “really good hockey sense.”

Welsh, 23, made his NHL debut for the Hurricanes in the team’s final game of the 2011-12 season against the Florida Panthers and is projected to make a push for a roster spot this season.

Welsh, listed at 6-3 and 210 pounds, had 27 goals and 17 assists in 40 games last season for Union College of ECAC Hockey, ranking first on the team and fourth in the NCAA in goals. The Bayfield, Ont., native had nine points in eight postseason games for the Dutchmen, including a five-game goal-scoring streak to lead Union to its first ECAC Hockey Championship and first NCAA Frozen Four berth in school history.

Welsh completed his three-year college career with 53 goals and 47 assists in 119 games for Union.

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