Contract updates and recent signings

The depth of the current Checkers potential roster is pretty staggering.  As we all know, a lot of things can change at Hurricanes camp in September, but as it stands right now, there is a lot of incredible talent that could end up on the ice in Charlotte.  After the cut, you can see current Hurricanes and Checkers that are signed through the end of this season and beyond.  What new faces are you most looking forward to seeing?  What about the returning veterans? Any thoughts on who you think should wear the Checkers second “A”?

In the past week, the Checkers have signed two guys to AHL contracts.  Matt Beca returns to the Checkers for the third time.  He has spent most of his Checkers career in Florida with the Everblades, but spent seven games with Charlotte last winter where he had one assist.  The official release is here.

David Rutherford is a former ECHL Checker and played for the Everblades last year, where he won the Kelly Cup.  The previous season, he played for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (one of the best defunct names in hockey, second to the Macon Whoopie!) where he won the CHL championship.  Here’s hoping his championship winning streak acan go to three, because I should would love a Calder Cup in Charlotte!  More on Rutherford here, and you can follow him on Twitter @Rutherford91

On a personal note… I have a lot of great things in store for Chasing Checkers in the coming weeks.  In a few short days, I will be on vacation in Alberta, Canada, and hope that by the time I return to the states, we’ll have an AHL schedule in hand.  Be looking for the now second-annual “Get to know the Checkers new division” introductions as well.  They were a lot of fun to put together last year, and a great way to learn about our new division mates and the great writers who cover the teams in Texas and Oklahoma.

Enjoy the rest of your summers!

2012-13 Checkers and Hurricanes Contracts

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
Matt Beca F 2012-13 RFA Two-way AHL
Nic Blanchard * F 2013-14 UFA Two-way NHL
Drayson Bowman F 2013-14 RFA First year, two-way.  Second year, one-way.
Zach Boychuk F 2012-13 RFA Two-way NHL
Zac Dalpe F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Sean Dolan F 2012-13 RFA AHL contract
AJ Jenks F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
Riley Nash F 2012-13 RFA Entry level
David Rutherford F 2012-13 RFA Two-way AHL
Jerome Samson* F 2012-13 UFA Two-way NHL
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
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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One thought on “Contract updates and recent signings

  1. Brett Sutter should have the “C” again, Blanchard and Bellemore should have the “A”—if Brett Sutter were to crack the 4th line for the Canes–the “C” should go to Blanchard with Terry picking up the other “A”.

    Wonder where Durno, Pistilli and McNicoll will land, nothing on AHL or ECHL deals for any of them maybe the CHL?

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