March 24, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Danny Cleary (11) Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) and defenseman Justin Faulk (28) at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

How will the Carolina Hurricanes Measure Up?

For the 2013 season the game of hockey will be played under a prorated $70.2 million salary cap.  Currently the Hurricanes have 20 players on their roster that are signed to NHL contracts, reaching a salary cap hit of around $56 million.  This is including Tuomo Ruutu‘s salary, despite being sidelined until May to recover from hip surgery he recently underwent.

The NHL roster limit is 23 players meaning the Hurricanes have room to bring three more players into the mix with roughly $14 million to play with.

The assumption is that Ruutu will be placed on the team’s injured reserve list since it is noted that he will miss the season through May.  That frees up $4.5 million in cap space, allowing around $18.5 million total.

In the event of a shortened training camp the club is going to have to make some demanding decisions and fast in order to get the team ready for a season that is tentatively starting on the 19th of January. That puts training camps starting as early as this weekend.

While there haven’t been any roster moves yet from Charlotte to report to Carolina, it won’t be long.

Who To Expect From Charlotte:

  • No questions asked Justin Faulk will be in the line up for the Hurricanes, playing in what was most likely his last game as a Checker last night against the Admirals.  In 31 games with the Charlotte this season he has posted 5 goals and 19 assists, landing him with 24 points, the team’s second-highest points leader.
  • Based on the numbers, it would be foolish for the Hurricanes not to take a look at Zach Boychuk, seemingly the most underrated player in the organization. In 36 games he has posted 15 goals and 16 assists from 102 shots on goal.
  • If the Canes only want to look at last night’s performance in Raleigh for who they should grab, Zac Dalpe made sure to put himself out there. He posted a goal and an assist, as well as earning a +3 rating. For the season he has 11 goals and 12 assists for the Checkers.
  • Bowman will automatically report to Carolina since he is obligated with the Canes once the season starts unless the team releases him to the AHL.

The Canes will likely pull Jeremy Welsch into the mix as well and take a closer look at their goaltending situation as they need to find a back up for Cam Ward with Boucher being out with an injury. Both goaltenders for the Checkers have been fairly solid, it’s a matter of finding the best fit.

With a total of one goaltender, two defensemen (including Faulk) and three forwards (including Bowman) there are going to be a lot of changes coming for the Checkers.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ryan Murphy fit in to this scenario somewhere as well.



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