Capgeek has posted that Bobby Sanguinetti has signed a one-year contract that will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level, and $62,500 at the AHL level.
Chasing Checkers AHL contract status roster will be updated shortly.
Sanguinetti played only 31 games this season following what was considered to be season-ending surgery early in the season. Hopefully in September we will have a fully recovered defenseman. Sanguinetti is an American from New Jersey who went through the OHL ranks before being drafted in the first round by the New York Rangers. He spent two seasons in the AHL with Hartford and made two trips to the AHL All Star game before eventually landing in Charlotte after a trade brought him to the Carolina organization.
On the flip side of signing Sanguinetti, Charlotte lost one our best 2010/11 Checkers today when the Washington Capitals signed Jacob Micflikier to a one-year contract. MicFlikier scored a career-high 29 goals last year in Charlotte. I hate to see him go, especially to a team that is not one of my favorites, but wish him only the best. I hope that the NHL contract was worth it, and that he actually gets a shot to play in Washington, (though with as much depth as that team has in Hershey…. well, we’ll see.)
This signing brings the total of non-roster players in Washington to 25, most of whom will play at the minor league level in Hershey this season. Additionally, Hershey has already announced a number of players who have been signed to AHL/ECHL two-way deals. This summer alone, we’ve seen the Caps/Bears sign Ryan Potulny, a member of the Calder Cup winning Senators team, AHL veteran Graham Mink who previously played and won two Calder Cups with Hershey before moving, Christian Hanson, and countless others to NHL and AHL contracts. Just look at this list of press releases.
Unlike the Capitals/Hershey teams, Charlotte has always had a “develop from within” kind of mentality as it relates to the minor leagues. While I would love to see Charlotte sign a veteran for our defense, I know it’s unlikely it will happen (though, Andre Benoit and Danny Syvret are still available…). The Hurricanes use the Checkers to develop their young players in the hopes they will be NHL ready one day. On last years regular roster, only two Checkers were not under contract with the Hurricanes (Micflikier and Brad Herauf).
Last year, there wasn’t a single player on the Checkers roster who fell into the “veteran” category that prevents more than 12 players with more than 260 AHL or NHL games played to dress for each game. Teams like Hershey, however, had multiple players who fell into this veteran category, and there were a number of AHL squads that had to bench guys in favor of younger players to be within the rule book. This upcoming season, Jon Matsumoto, Nicolas Blanchard and Brett Sutter (pending his re-signing) will all fall under the “260 games or more” category, but three is hardly enough for the Checkers to be concerned as to whether they have enough non-veteran players to compete each night.
The Hurricanes have 12-13 forwards under contract that will probably start the season with the team in Raleigh, and seven defenseman, so right now, here’s what our 2011/12 Checkers squad may look like. I would guess there is a good chance Jerome Samson may start the season in Charlotte, because there may only be one or two spots to be claimed between Zach Boychuck, Zac Dalpe, Drayson Boyman and Samson :
*Still pending contracts with the Hurricanes.
**Have been rumored to be the top prospects to start the 2011/12 season in Raleigh
I would guess one or two of our defensemen will end up in Ft. Meyers with the Everblades this year (potentially Rissanen and/or Lawson), and the jury is out as to whether Jared Staal will be AHL ready. If he is in fact working out with Gary Roberts, we should have a new and improved Staal!