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Canes, Boychuk Agree on One-Year Deal

Forward led American Hockey League in goal scoring in 2013-14

Wednesday, 07.2.2014 / 10:00 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Canes, Boychuk Agree on One-Year Deal
The forward led American Hockey League in goal scoring in 2013-14.
RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Zach Boychuk on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Boychuk $600,000 at the NHL level, or $200,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of $275,000.

Boychuk, 24, split the 2013-14 season between the Hurricanes and the team’s AHL affiliate Charlotte Checkers. The Airdrie, Alb., native won the Willie Marshall Award as the AHL’s top goal scorer with a Checkers club-record 36 goals. His team-best 74 points ranked second in the AHL, and his 38 assists were good for second on the team. Boychuk (5’10”, 185 lbs.) also scored one goal and earned three assists in 11 games with the Hurricanes during four separate recall stints.

Originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft, Boychuk has scored nine goals and earned 15 assists (24 points) in 96 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Nashville and Carolina. Since playing his first professional hockey in 2008-09, he also has skated in 296 regular-season games with the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliates in Albany and Charlotte, notching 117 goals and earning 146 assists (263 points).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62