Zach Boychuk‘s 2012-13 season did not go as well as he would have hoped.
He played for three different NHL teams over the course of two months and was waived four times.
Boychuk ended up where he started with the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization, playing for the Charlotte Checkers.
At the end of the season, the 23-year-old was a restricted free agent that was surprisingly qualified by the Canes and remained under their property.
But with just over a month until training camp starts, Boychuk and the Hurricanes have not agreed to a deal.
Paul Branecky, the Checkers’ digital media director, sent out two tweets with quotes from GM Jim Rutherford that updated the negotiations:
This info surprises me because if Boychuk wants to be in the NHL, the Canes are a good team to be apart of. There are plenty of openings on the team, including a third-line wing spot, whose main focus will be scoring.
It’s possible that Boychuk is looking for a one-way deal that will help him remain with the Canes, rather than being sent to the Checkers. I would not expect the Hurricanes’ brass to offer a one-way deal to the Canada native.
If the Canes do not sign Boychuk, he will remain as part of the team’s property, but cannot take part in training camps or practices.
A trade could always be possible, but I doubt there is much interest in Boychuk around the league. All 30 teams had a chance to pick him up last season on waivers, but decided not to when the Canes waived him after claiming him from the Nashville Predators.
Boychuk is ready to fight for an NHL spot, in the coming weeks, we’ll see if that’s with the Hurricanes or another team.