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July 2, 2014

Canes agree to one-year deals with McClement, Boychuk, Nemisz

The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday added another free-agent center, signing veteran Jay McClement, and also came to terms with forwards Zach Boychuk and Greg Nemisz.

RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday added another free-agent center, signing veteran Jay McClement to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The Canes also came to terms with forward Zach Boychuk on a one-year, two-way contract. Boychuk, who led the American Hockey League with 36 goals last season, will receive $600,000 at the NHL level or $200,000 at the American Hockey League level, with a guarantee of $275,000.

In one other signing Wednesday, forward Greg Nemisz agreed to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 in the NHL or $100,000 in the AHL, with a minimum of $125,000.

McClement, 31, has played nine NHL seasons and could be a replacement for Manny Malhotra as the Canes’ fourth-line center. McClement, listed at 6-1 and 205 pounds, played 81 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and ranked among the NHL's top 25 face-off men, winning 53.6 percent of his draws.

Boychuk, a restricted free agent, had 74 points in 69 games for the Charlotte Checkers last season and played well in 11 appearances with the Canes.

Nemisz, 24, scored eight goals, earned 12 assists and had a plus-9 rating in 46 AHL games in 2013-14. He joined the Checkers after being acquired by Carolina from the Calgary Flames on Dec. 30, 2013, and had three goals and eight assists in 14 games.

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