The Charlotte Checkers lost their third defenseman this summer with Bobby Raymond signed a one-year deal with the Iserlohn Roosters of the German DEL league.
Raymond signed with the Checkers in January and played in 44 games recording 18 points. In his last 13 regular season games, Raymond scored 11 points and added four in five playoff games. He had played for the Florida Everblades before signing with the Checkers and had previously played for the Binghamton Senators.
Checkers’ defensemen Marc-Andre Gragnani and Justin Krueger signed in the Czech Republic and Switzerland, respectively, earlier this summer.
The trio made up the three oldest defensemen on the Checkers’ roster. The experience and depth that the Checkers’ lost in those three will have to be replaced this summer as most of the Checker’s defensemen are young and have little experience at the pro level.
Raymond will not be as big of a loss to the Hurricanes’ organization as Gragnani was. Gragnani could have been a valuable option as an injury call-up, but Raymond was not likely to ever hit that potential.
However, the loss of Raymond will have a negative effect on the Checkers’ roster and the Checkers’ GM will have a busy summer replacing the players the team has lost.