April 9, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash (20) celebrates his 3rd period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PNC Center. The Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Re-Sign Riley Nash

The Carolina Hurricanes’ signed Riley Nash to a two-year/two-way contract today.

Nash will earn $550,000 this season and $600,000 next season for a $575,000 cap hit for both years. In the AHL, Nash will make $135,000 this season and $150,000 next season.

The salary is a good one for the Hurricanes. A player that makes less than $600k on a roster will go a long way to save salary space.

Last year, Nash appeared in 32 games for the Canes, recording nine points including five goal, but he also helped in the face-off dot and on the penalty kill. Those skills will help him in making a spot on the roster next season.

It’s a little surprising that Nash agreed to a two-way deal. He played for the majority of the season with the Canes and seemed to have a locked up a spot on the fourth line. Either way, the deal works better for the Hurricanes, who can save some money if Nash is sent to the Charlotte Checkers.

Next year, the 24-year-old will compete with mainly Jeremy Welsh for the fourth-line center spot.

It’s a little early to predict who will make the team – training camp will be the main factor in who gets the spot, but I would give the advantage to Nash.

Welsh had a rough first year in the AHL, costs almost $300,000 more than Nash and while he’s a few inches bigger, is only 10 lbs. heavier than Nash.

But we’ll have to wait until September to see where Nash fits in the organization.

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