Charlotte Checkers

Hurricanes sign Wallmark, McKegg to contracts

Charlotte Checkers’ officials and fans named Lucas Wallmark the team’s Most Valuable Player for 2017-18.
Charlotte Checkers’ officials and fans named Lucas Wallmark the team’s Most Valuable Player for 2017-18. AP

The Carolina Hurricanes signed a pair of forwards on Thursday, agreeing to terms with Lucas Wallmark on a two-year deal and Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.

Wallmark will have a two-way deal in the 2018-19 season and then a one-way deal in 2019-20. McKegg has a two-way contract this season.

Wallmark’s contract will pay him $650,000 at the NHL level or $70,000 at the American Hockey League level in 2018-19, with a $100,000 guarantee. In 2019-20, the contract will pay $700,000.

McKegg’s contract pays $715,000 at the NHL level or $250,000 at the AHL level.

Wallmark, 22, scored one goal in 11 games with Carolina in 2017-18. He spent most of the season with Charlotte in the AHL, where he led the Checkers in scoring with 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) in 45 games. A restricted free agent after the season, he was named the Checkers’ MVP.

“Lucas has continued to show his offensive upside in the American League, where he was a point-per-game player last season,” Canes general manager Don Waddell said in a statement. “We expect him to continue to work to become a regular contributor on the NHL level.”

McKegg was acquired by the Canes in the Feb. 26, 2018 trade with Pittsburgh that sent forward Josh Jooris to the Penguins. He finished with nine goals and 14 assists (23 points) in 19 games with the Checkers.

Wallmark had three goals and two assists in eight playoff games with the Checkers. McKegg had a goal and four assists in the eight Calder Cup playoff games.

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