Hurricanes sign Chris Durno, Brett Sutter and updated contract status for 2011/12

Chris Durno faces off against Riley Nash. Photo Credit - Jenni Propst

Hurricanes add Chris Durno

This morning, the Carolina Hurricanes announced another key signing that will directly affect the Charlotte Checkers. Chris Durno was signed to a one-year, two way deal. Durno, 30, is a veteran of the NHL and AHL, most recently serving as the captain of the Norfolk Admirals. His veteran leadership will be a huge boost to Charlotte’s core of young players. For all of the details, check out the Canes press release here.

 Hurricanes sign Brett Sutter

Brett Sutter against the Adirondack Phantoms. Photo Credit - Jenni Propst

The Hurricanes also announced they had come to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Brett Sutter.  Sutter led the Charlotte Checkers in goals during the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, and is well on the way to what could be a break-out year for him.  Brett is the cousin of Hurricanes Alternate Captain Brandon Sutter, and 2011 draft pick Brody Sutter.  Full details of the signing can be found here.

Updated contracts, ver. 3.0

About a month and a half ago, I posted a number of spreadsheets that listed Checkers players under contract for next season, and those who still need to be re-signed.  Here’s an updated list, and a bit of analysis.  There are still a few key signings that need to be made, but I have a lot of confidence in a Checkers squad next season that includes these guys.  It will be great to look to the veteran leadership of guys like Nicolas Blanchard and Chris Terry, and new talent like Justin Faulk and Justin Shugg.  (Just a note, the Checkers could have as many as five Justin’s on the team next season… and we thought we had a Zac(k/h) problem last season!)
A few notes:  While I list Zach Boychuck, Drayson Bowman, Jerome Samson and Zac Dalpe on these lists, it is unlikely that all four will return to Charlotte in the fall.  Dalpe is probably the front runner for getting  a spot with the Hurricanes, but Bowman and Boychuck are also contenders.

According to CapGeek,  the Hurricanes have 12 forwards under contract (not including Samson, Dalpe, Bowman and Boychuck).

The Hurricanes have seven defenseman under contract.  The Hurricanes picked up defenseman Ryan Murphy in the first round of the 2011 draft, but unless he has an incredible camp, I would expect him to return to the OHL for another season with the Kitchener Rangers.

It is my personal belief that after the Hurricanes re-sign Brett Sutter, our AHL squad in the forward department is nearly complete.  I would still like to see one additional defenseman, just to round things out a bit more and provide some insurance.

So, without further adieu, here are the Charlotte Checkers contracts for 2011 and beyond:

Under contract 2011/12:

As mentioned earlier, one or more of these players will most likely start the season in Raleigh with the Hurricanes.  Frontrunners include Dalpe, Bowman, Boychuck and Samson.

There are six defensemen signed and willing to play in the AHL.  (Kruegar and Kivisto are maybes based on their European Transfer agreements).

The Checkers have between 10-12 Forwards signed for 2011/12.  Variables include which Zac(h), Drayson or Samson makes the Hurricanes, and if a guy like Jared Staal is ready to play at the AHL level.

The Checkers have two goaltenders, but will need to sign a third to an AHL/ECHL contract.

Player Pos Contract Type Notes
Brett Bellemore D 2012-13 RFA Two way NHL/AHL
Nicolas Blanchard F 2011-12 RFA
Drayson Bowman F 2011-12 RFA, EL
Zach Boychuck F 2011-12 RFA, EL
Zac Dalpe F 2012-13 RFA, EL
Chris Durno F 2011-12 UFA Newly signed, spent last season as captain of Norfolk Admirals
Justin Faulk D 2013-14 RFA, EL
Michal Jordan D 2012-13 RFA, EL
Tommi Kivisto D 2013-14 RFA, EL Has European transfer clause.  If not in NHL, can play in Finland in 11/12
Justin Kruegar D 2011-12 RFA, EL Played in Germany in 10/11
Kyle Lawson D 2011-12 RFA, EL
Mattias Lindstrom F 2013-14 RFA, EL Has European transfer clause.  If not in NHL, can play in Sweden in 11/12
Jon Matsumoto F 2011-12 RFA
Cedric McNicoll F 2011-12 RFA, EL
Mike Murphy G 2011-12 RFA, EL
Riley Nash F 2012-13 RFA, EL
Justin Peters G 2011-12 RFA Played in NHL in 10/11, Hurricanes indicate he will play in Charlotte 11/12
Mat Pistilli F 2011-12 RFA, EL
Rasmus Rissanen D 2013-14 RFA, EL
Justin Shugg F 2013-14 RFA, EL In four years in OHL, went to Memorial Cup three times, won twice
Jerome Samson F 2011-12 RFA Spent half of 10/11 in Raleigh, may return to CLT
Justin Soryal F 2011-12 RFA Newly signed, spent past 3 seasons in Rangers AHL organization
Jared Staal F 2012-13 RFA, EL
Bobby Sanguinetti D 2011-12 RFA
Chris Terry F 2011-12 RFA, EL

Not yet under contract for 2011/12:

Sutter has been given a qualifying offer.  He will likely be signed by the end of the month.  The UFA’s could be picked up by any team, but my personal hope is most return to the Hurricanes organization.

Player Pos Contract Type Notes
Zack Fitzgerald D 2010-11 UFA  Rutherford has indicated he will probably not return on NHL contract
Nick Dodge F 2010-11 UFA
Brett Sutter F 2010-11 RFA
Casey Borer D 2010-11 UFA

Players who will not return in 20111/12 as Charlotte Checkers:

 Player Pos Contract Type Notes
Justin Pogge G 2010-11 UFA *Hurricanes have indicated will not re-sign
Jacob Micflikier F 2010-11 UFA *Signed with Washington Capitals
Oskar Osala F 2010-11 RFA, EL *Signed with KHL club Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, Canes still own NHL “rights” as RFA
Bryan Rodney D 2010-11 UFA *Signed one-year deal with Anaheim Ducks

Players who were under contract with the Checkers last season on AHL/ECHL two-way contracts, but have not yet been re-signed:

Player Pos Contract Type Notes
Matt Beca F 2010-11 AHL-Checkers Two way AHL/ECHL 8/12/10
Bobby Goepfert G 2010-11 AHL-Checkers Two way AHL/ECHL 8/3/10
Ethan Graham D 2010-11 AHL-Checkers Two way AHL/ECHL 8/24/10
Brad Herauf F 2010-11 AHL-Checkers One way AHL 8/27/10
Mike McKenzie F 2010-11 AHL-Checkers Two way AHL/ECHL 8/3/10
Elgin Reid D 2010-11 AHL-Checkers Two way AHL/ECHL 8/11/10
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