2014-15 Charlotte Checkers Contracts

First of all, congratulations to the Texas Stars on their first-ever Calder Cup victory.  It was a good playoffs, but I must admit I was too focused on my LA Kings winning a second Stanley Cup to follow the AHL as much as usual!

Oh, so much to report on in this off season…. from rumors of major western expansion in the AHL to places like California, the yet-to-be determined AHL realignment (and my wish for five divisions in five seasons as the Checkers looks to be coming true!), and off season moves by the Checkers and Hurricanes, there is a lot to talk about.  But to keep today’s update simple, I compiled a list of all of the Checkers currently under contract, along with d those who have expired contracts and have signed elsewhere in the off season.

A few days ago, it was announced that Mike Murphy has signed in Austria for next season.  Murphy is a player who I admire so much, both on and off the ice.  He was the Checkers first “Man of the Year” winner in the team’s inaugural AHL season.  That same year, he led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals, and has played some of the most epic games of his career for the Checkers.  2013-14 was a challenging season for Murphy between major goaltending injuries to himself and others.  He will be greatly missed. I will certainly follow his team in Austria (one of my favorite European countries!).


So… about the contract situation.  The Hurricanes and Checkers have a number of contracts to figure out in the coming month or so.  RFA qualifying offers should go out in the very near future, and as these are released, I’ll update them here.

2014-15 Charlotte Checkers under contract:

Goaltenders under contract
Daniel Altshuller G 2016-17 RFA Eligible for AHL, played for Oshawa Generals in OHL
Defensemen under contract
Danny Biega D 2015-16 RFA
Trevor Carrick D 2016-17 RFA Eligible for AHL, played for Sudbury and Missisauga in OHL
Austin Levi D 2014-15 RFA Spent majority of 2013-14 in ECHL
Keegan Lowe D 2015-16 RFA
Dennis Robertson D 2015-16 RFA Brown University alumni, played 1 game for CHA in 2014
Beau Schmitz D 2014-15 RFA
Forwards under contract
Patrick Brown LW 2015-16 RFA Boston College alumni, signed as a free agent by Carolina
Phil Di Giuseppe LW 2016-17 RFA Eligible for AHL, Univ. of Michigan Alumni
Erik Karlsson LW 2016-17 RFA Eligible for AHL, will likely spend 2014-15 in Sweden
Brock McGinn LW 2016-17 RFA Eligible for AHL, played for CHA briefly in 2013, Guelf Storm alumni
Victor Rask C 2015-16 RFA
Carter Sandlak LW 2015-16 RFA Eligible for AHL, spent 5 years in OHL
Brody Sutter RW 2015-16 RFA
Brendan Woods LW 2015-16 RFA
Goaltenders not under contract
John Muse G AHL
Defensemen not under contract
Rasmus Rissanen D RFA
Tommi Kivisto D RFA Spent 2012-13 with Everblades/Checkers. Plans to play in Europe in 2014-15
Michal Jordan D RFA
Matt Corrente D UFA
Forwards not under contract
Nic Blanchard C UFA
Zach Boychuk LW RFA
Phillipe Cornet LW AHL AHL contract in 2013-14
Sean Dolan C AHL AHL contract in 2013-14
Greg Nemisz C RFA
Matt Marquart LW AHL AHL contract in 2013-14
Aaron Palushaj RW RFA
Justin Shugg LW RFA
Jared Staal RW RFA
Brett Sutter C UFA
Chris Terry LW UFA
Kellan Tochkin RW RFA Spent 2013-14 in ECHL
Will not return to Charlotte
Mike Murphy G UFA Signed in Europe
Mark Flood D UFA Signed with KHL


3 thoughts on “2014-15 Charlotte Checkers Contracts

  1. So what are the rumors you’re hearing about divisional realignments? The league has to do something with the Abbotsford Heat being moved to Glens Falls, NY (bringing back the old Atlanta Flames logo for the ADK Flames was a GREAT idea, BTW) and the Phantoms becoming the 3rd team in Pennsylvania. A “west coast” AHL division should be on hold for the near term with the Heat moving 3 time zones to the east.
    My guess is that Syracuse will move back to the Western Conf., to the division with Rochester, Utica, Toronto & Hamilton. Lake Erie (Cleveland) would join Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Chicago & Rockford in the Midwest Div. and Iowa would be moved to the West Div. with OKC, Texas, San Antonio & the Checkers.
    My prediction for the Eastern Conf. is that the Atlantic Div. will be unchanged (St. John’s, Portland, Manchester, Worcester & Providence). The Northeast Div. would be Adirondack, Albany, Springfield, Hartford & Bridgeport. The East Div. would be Norfolk, Hershey, Allentown (Lehigh Valley), Wilkes-Barre/Scranton & Binghamton. I know that spreads the 6 NY State teams among 3 divisions, but the league has been good about scheduling games between neighboring franchises, even across conference lines.

    1. One of the most likely scenario’s I’ve heard (and the most immediate) has the AHL switching back to a four-division league, much like the NHL did last season. If they follow the NHL, the number of teams per conference could, in theory, be different. The current 7-7 in the west and 8-8 in the east could work in the AHL, with a western team (like Rochester, if they wanted to) moving East.

      Of course, Utica is playing in the West, and is further east than some of the Eastern Conference teams, so they should probably move East as well. And then there’s the Charlotte problem….

      The other situation, involving the West becoming the actual west, with teams moving to California and even Las Vegas, is more likely to begin in 2015-16. I don’t know when the agreements with franchises in Manchester, Norfolk and Worcester end, but according to my Anaheim source, they plan to move their AHL team to San Diego in the near future, and other teams will follow. If 3-5 teams do move extreme west, it’s my understanding they would play the majority of their games with those in their “division” and travel much more rarely to farther away cities. The travel might be nice, but it seems like a boring way to play a season, both for the players and fans. Can you imagine seeing Norfolk twice as many times in Charlotte as we already do? Yikes!

      So… we will see. I believe the board of governors meets at the end of this month, so I’d expect some news in the coming weeks.

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