Checkers Contracts Update

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Here’s the latest on who is under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes/ Charlotte Checkers and will likely spend some time at the AHL level.  I have been following all of the major signings this summer, though some of the ones I am MOST anxious to read about still haven’t happened (though, I had this crazy dream that the Checkers hired a new coach who happened to be my favorite NHL player of all time… talk about a great dream to wake up to!  Too bad it wasn’t true!)

Chris Terry resigned with the Hurricanes and will return for another two years (at least!).  He is the all-time leading point scorer in Charlotte, and former AHL All-Star, so his skills will be appreciated by the Checkers.

This is a pretty big list of players under contract.  Recent two-way signings by the Hurricanes include veterans Tim Wallace and Marc-Andre Gragnani, both of whom spent the majority of last season in the NHL and will be vying for spots many believed would belong to some of the Hurricanes prospects including Bobby Sanuinetti, Ryan Murphy, Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman, just to name a few.  A little competition never hurt anyone, but it will be even more interesting to see how many former Checkers are able to make the jump to the NHL level this fall, especially with how full the Hurricanes roster already is.

The Hurricanes also signed another goaltender who will likely spend the majority of the season in Florida.  NCAA alum Rob Madore was signed to a two-way AHL contract by the Checkers.  You can read the official release here.  Madore played for the University of Vermont.  With the uncertainty of Brian Boucher’s health though, the Checkers should see Madore between the pipes for at least the first couple of months of the season.

Updated contracts after the jump.

Defensemen Under Contract
Pos Contract Type Notes
Brett Bellemore D 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Marc-Andre Gragnani D 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
Michal Jordan D 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Tommi Kivisto D 2013-14 RFA Entry level.  Played one yr. in WHL, currently playing in Finland.
Justin Krueger D 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Austin Levi D 2014-15 RFA Entry level.  Completed four seasons with Plymouth Whalers.
Rasmus Rissanen D 2013-14 RFA Entry level
Joe Sova D 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Bobby Sanguinetti D 2012-13 RFA
Beau Schmitz D 2014-15 RFA Entry level.  Previous experience with USNDT and Plymouth Whalers.
Forwards Under Contract
Pos Contract Type Notes
Nic Blanchard * F 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL
Zac Dalpe F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Sean Dolan F 2012-13 AHL contract
AJ Jenks F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Riley Nash F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Justin Shugg F 2013-14 RFA Entry level
Jared Staal F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Brett Sutter * F 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL
Brody Sutter F 2014-15 RFA Entry level
Chris Terry F 2013-14 RFA Two-way NHL
Tim Wallace F 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
Goaltenders Under Contract
Rob Madore G 2012-13 Two-way AHL/ECHL contract
John Muse G 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Justin Peters G 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL first year, one-way NHL second year
Not Under Contract
Pos Contract Type Notes
Drayson Bowman F 2011-12 RFA Received a qualifying offer
Zach Boychuk F 2011-12 RFA Received a qualifying offer
Chris Durno F 2011-12 UFA
Jerome Samson F 2011-12 RFA Received a qualifying offer
Justin Soryal F 2011-12 UFA
Will Not Return to Charlotte
Pos Contract Type Notes
Evgenii Dadonov F 2011-12 RFA He will play in KHL next season, was qualified by Hurricanes
Brian Dumoulin D 2014-15 RFA Traded to Pittsburgh for a third Staal
Kyle Lawson D 2011-12 UFA Contract not renewed by Hurricanes
Mike Murphy G 2011-12 RFA Hurricanes will qualify him, but Murphy has signed with KHL for next season
Cedric McNicoll F 2011-12 UFA Contract not renewed by Hurricanes
Matthew Pistilli F 2011-12 UFA Contract not renewed by Hurricanes
Mathieu Roy D 2011-12 UFA Signed with German team
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4 thoughts on “Checkers Contracts Update

  1. Just read that the Canes resigned Drayson Bowman. :-). I agree with you on the fact that some of the really good prospects in the Canes org might be here in Charlotte becuase there is no room at the Inn. Do you see another goalie signing in the future for the organization?

    • Drayson is a definite good thing. It looks like Boychuk is all that remains to sign his contract. Of all the young prospects (Bowman, Boychuk, Samson, Dalpe) they all pretty evenly split time in Raleigh, with only Bowman getting a significantly higher number of games.

      As for goaltending… I don’t know. The Hurricanes drafted a lot of goalies, but none will play for another couple of years probably. It seems like they’ve decided having Peters who is NHL ready is “enough.” Last year they had Murphy and Peters under contract and available for call ups, and this year it’s Peters and Muse. We’ll see… but I really think goaltending is a Hurricanes weakness at this point with who they have available to them in North America.

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