The Carolina Hurricanes will qualify five of their 11 restricted free agents according to Chip Alexander.
Those not qualified will enter unrestricted free agency, while the others qualified can either sign their qualifying offer, which is 10% higher than last year’s salary, or continue to negotiate a contract with the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes’ players that will become UFAs and will no longer be part of the Canes’ organization include Andreas Nodl, Justin Krueger (who signed overseas), Luke Pither, A.J. Jenks and Joe Sova.
The only real surprise is perhaps Boychuk being qualified. The 23-year-old had chances of making the NHL with three different teams last season, but could not stick with any.
But apparently the Hurricanes feel that Boychuk is still important enough to keep on the team, whether that’s on the Hurricanes or with the Charlotte Checkers.
As for the players not qualified, none of them are surprising. They played minor roles with the Checkers last season and were not worth the money to bring back.