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Blues sign F Nichol, G Bishop to 1-year deals

Tuesday, 07.05.2011 / 2:41 PM / News

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues have signed veteran unrestricted free agent Scott Nichol to a one-year contract, adding depth at forward.

The team announced the deal on Tuesday, and it's worth $600,000, plus bonus incentives.

The Blues also signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 (NHL) and $105,000 (AHL). The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Bishop, who is from suburban St. Louis, is expected to compete for the backup spot behind Jaroslav Halak.

The 36-year-old Nichol spent last season with the San Jose Sharks, dressing in 56 games and picking up four goals and three assists. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound center is an 11-year NHL veteran with 52 career goals and 66 assists.

The 24-year-old Bishop was 3-4 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .899 save percentage last season with the Blues. He spent most of last season at Peoria, Ill., of the AHL, going 17-14-2 with a 2.55 GAA. Bishop was a third-round pick of the Blues in the 2005 draft.

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