Sep 19, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zach Boychuk (11) in play against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Update On Zach Boychuk Contract

The last remaining restricted free agent from the Carolina Hurricanes, Zach Boychuk, talked to Slam! Sports in Canada about his negotiations for a new contract.

[Link to Slam! Sports Article]

In short, Boychuk is still talking to the Canes and GM Jim Rutherford about a new deal.

Right now I’m still negotiating. I’m just waiting to see what my options are and hopefully I’ll have a contract here soon.

– Zach Boychuk from Peter McCartney

It also looks like the 23-year-old wants a one-way deal, which I believe is highly unlikely. Boychuk has not proved he can make an NHL team, so the Canes would not want to pay him the same amount of money in the AHL as he would with the big team.

But I also see something else from Boychuk in the article: maturity. He realizes that he had the opportunities and they did not go as well as he would have liked, but now he has to start producing in the NHL.

Now if he uses that fact to motivate him in training camp, he could carve out a spot for himself in training camp and maybe stick with the team for the whole season.

But before Boychuk can do that, he needs to sign a contract.


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