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The Hurricanes signed European prospects Tommi Kivisto and Mattias Lindstrom to three-year entry-level deals Wednesday. The deadline for signing 2009 draft picks not playing college hockey is 5 p.m. today.

Kivisto, a defenseman taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, has a clause in his contract allowing him to remain with Jokerit of the Finnish league this season before coming over to North America in 2012-13. He played one season in the WHL for Red Deer before turning pro in his native Finland.

Lindstrom, a forward taken in the third round of that draft, will attend Carolina's prospect conditioning camp and rookie camp. He has a similar clause in his contract allowing him to return to Skelleftea of the Swedish league this season if he does not make the NHL roster.

The only unsigned player from Carolina's 2009 draft class is defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who is playing at Boston College.

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Luke has worked for The N&O since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at (919) 829-8947, @LukeDeCock on Twitter or luke.decock@newsobserver.com.
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