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Carolina Hurricanes sign C Riley Nash to 3-year entry-level contract

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes have signed centre Riley Nash to a three-year contract.

The entry-level deal announced Monday will pay Nash US$550,000 next season, $600,000 in 2011-12 and $700,000 in 2012-13 at the NHL level. He will earn $65,000 per season if he plays in the American Hockey League.

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Nash also receives a signing bonus of $262,500.

The 21-year-old Nash completed his third season at Cornell, finishing with 12 goals and 23 assists. Carolina acquired the 2007 first-round draft pick from Edmonton in June.