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Carolina signs three

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed three ex-River Rats, all of whom are expected to return to the parent club.

Forwards Wade Brookbank and Ryan Bayda each agreed to one-year deals, while defenseman Tim Conboy got a two-year contract.

Bayda and Brookbank will both earn $475,000 on their one-way deals, while Conboy signed for $475,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 in the AHL in 2008-09, and $500,000 in the NHL in 2009-10.

“Ryan, Wade and Tim were important players for the Hurricanes in the second half of last season,” Carolina assistant GM Ron Francis said in a statement. “At this point in their careers, they have each earned NHL contracts and a spot on the Hurricanes’ roster.”

Bayda, 27, was 3-3-6 in 31 games for Carolina last season, going 7-10-17 in 21 games for Albany. Promoted to give the Canes a physical element, Brookbank, 30, was 1-1-2 with 76 penalty minutes in 32 NHL games. He played 25 games for the Rats, with two assists and 28 PIM.

Conboy, 26, made his NHL debut Jan. 12 and had five assists and 60 PIM in 19 games for Carolina. Albany's Man of the Year for his community contributions, he was 2-2-4 and 191 in 51 games for the Rats.

Returned for the Calder Cup playoffs, Conboy missed the final six games of Albany's first-round loss to Philadelphia serving an AHL suspension stemming from an incident in the series opener.

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