Canes Agree to Terms with Zac Dalpe

RALEIGH, NC-Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with center/right wing Zac Dalpe to a three-year, entry-level contract. At the NHL level, Dalpe will be paid $550,000 in 2010-11, $600,000 in 2011-12 and $700,000 in 2012-13, and at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, he will be paid $65,000 per year. He also receives a signing bonus of $262,500. Dalpe will join the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate Albany River Rats on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of this season.

Dalpe, 20, recently completed his sophomore season at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes in goals (21), points (45), and power-play goals (8), and ranked second in assists (24), while playing in all 39 of the team’s games. At the completion of Ohio State’s season, the Paris, Ont., native’s 21 goals ranked first among Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) skaters, and his 45 points ranked second in the conference. On March 10, it was announced that Dalpe (6’1″, 195 lbs.) had been named to the 2009-10 All-CCHA First Team, as voted by the conference’s coaches. He was named to the CCHA All-Rookie Team and was a Top-3 finalist for CCHA Rookie of the Year following the 2008-09 season. The Hurricanes drafted Dalpe in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Canadiens ink Hunter Bishop

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday the signing of free agent forward Hunter Bishop to a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12). He will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday.

“I’m very happy with the choice I made to come to Ohio State,” Bishop said. “I would like to thank the coaching staff, (strength) Coach Glass, John Macko from SASSO, Jeff Deits our trainer, Tim Adams our equipment manager and especially my teammates for making my time here great. This school helped me to move forward with my hockey career and got me one step closer to my 22 year dream of playing in the NHL. When the offer came to sign with the Canadiens, I couldn’t say no.”

Bishop, 22, a 6′, 196 lbs forward native of Fairbanks, Alaska ranked fourth in scoring in his second season with the NCAA Ohio State Buckeyes this season. He registered 27 points in 33 games (15 goals, 12 assists). He ranked third in goals and had 22 penalty minutes. In his sophomore season with Ohio State in 2008-09, Bishop ranked third in scoring with 31 points in 42 games (14 goals, 17 assists).

 From 2005 to 2008, Bishop registered a total of 177 points (93 goals, 84 assists) in 140 regular season games with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League), including a 97-point season (57-40-97) in 2007-08.

Bishop participated in the Canadiens’ development camp in 2009.