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Dalpe Leaves OSU for Carolina; Bishop Gone Too

CHN Staff Report

Two days after it was announced that his head coach, John Markell, would not be returning, Ohio State sophomore forward Zac Dalpe signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Later in the day, Ohio State also learned it lost junior free agent Hunter Bishop to a pro deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

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 had a strong freshman year for the Ohio State, scoring 13 goals, and it led to him being taken in the second round of last June's NHL Draft, 45th overall, by Carolina. But Dalpe struggled down the stretch, and didn't score in OSU's last 12 games, plus the first three games this season.

After a slow start, Dalpe, 20, did get hot the rest of the way for the Buckeyes this season.  He led the team 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 CCHA skaters, and his 45 points ranked second in the conference.

Dalpe (6-foot-1, 195 lbs.) was 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.

Bishop received a two-year contract (2010-11 and 2011-12). He will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday.

Bishop, 22, a 6-foot, 196-lb. forward native of Fairbanks, Alaska, ranked fourth in scoring in his second season with the Buckeyes this season, with 27 points in 33 games. In his sophomore season with Ohio State, Bishop had 31 points in 42 games.

Bishop participated in the Canadiens’ development camp in 2009.

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