The Carolina Hurricanes have six restricted free agents that could make an impact on their roster next season or in the future. GM Jim Rutherford will have to decide if those players are worth keeping or letting go.
Jared Staal: The youngest Staal brother got into his first NHL action this season, dressing in the final two games for the Hurricanes this season. Staal had a good couple of games, but it will be difficult for him to make the roster out of training camp this season. However, he is only 22-years-old and could make the team in a year or two. Verdict: Re-Sign.
Zac Dalpe: The former second round pick has played 41 games with the Canes over three seasons, but has not been able to stick with the team. He has been a scoring threat for the Charlotte Checkers and next season will be make-or-break for him to land a spot in the NHL. Even if he cannot make it on the Hurricanes’ roster, Dalpe will still help the Checkers score. Verdict: Re-Sign.
Andreas Nodl: Nodl played all of the 2011-12 season in the NHL (with the Philadelphia Flyers and Hurricanes), but was sent through waivers and assigned to the Checkers after playing in eight games this season. The Austria native only played six games with the Checkers, but scored five points. If Nodl does not have a chance with the Hurricanes, the team should let him enter free agency. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Riley Nash: Nash played in 32 games for the Hurricanes recording four goals and five assists. But he also provided some grit for the bottom six and performed his job well. Nash is not guaranteed a spot on the Canes next season, but would be a valuable call-up. Verdict: Re-Sign.
Zach Boychuk: Last season, Boychuk could not stay with three different NHL teams, with the Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators all waiving him. It does not seem that Boychuk will be able to carve out an NHL career and has had his chance with the Hurricanes numerous times. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Marc-Andre Gragnani: The former Buffalo Sabre only played one game with the Hurricanes this season, but has played in the NHL before. If the Canes decide to trade Jaime McBain this off-season, Gragnani could be a possible replacement. The Canadian defenseman also helped out the Checkers with puck-moving on the back end. Verdict: Re-Sign.