‘Canes sign Welsh to two-year deal

2012 continues to be a good year for Jeremy Welsh.

The former NCAA standout — who, in April, signed an entry-level deal less than 48 hours after playing in the Frozen Four — has re-upped with the Carolina Hurricanes on a two-year contract.

“Jeremy is a player we think very highly of,” ‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford said. “He is a big man that can play center or left wing, and has really good hockey sense.”

The deal will pay Welsh $700,000 this year and $1 million in 2013-14. It’s a nice chunk of change for the ex-Union College scoring sensation — the 6-foot-3 forward lit the lamp 27 times in 2011-12, finishing fourth in the country in goals.

Welsh, 24, made his NHL debut in Carolina’s final regular season game last year, playing 16:32 in a 4-1 loss to the Panthers.

He’s expected to make a push for a roster spot with the Hurricanes this season.

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