The Charlotte Checkers lost in the first round of the 2013 AHL Playoffs and lost some key defensemen and forwards during the offseason, but the team also had a busy free agency period signing three players to AHL contracts and gaining players that were signed by the Hurricanes also.
Here are the additions the Checkers made over the summer:
Offense: Andreas Nodl and Jerome Samson both signed elsewhere over the summer, ridding the Checkers of two veteran forwards on offense. But the team decided to replace the depth by signing two NCAA undrafted free agents in Kyle Bonis and Adam Brace.
Bonis had a strong college career scoring 58 points in his final two seasons at Ferris State. Brace was also a high-profile scorer at Robert Morris and played four games at the end of last season with the Florida Everblades scoring six points in four games.
Defense: At the start of the summer, the Checkers lost Marc-Andre Gragnani, Bobby Raymond and Justin Krueger, who all signed overseas.
The trio were the most experienced defensemen on Charlotte’s backend and played a lot of minutes for the team.
GM Jim Rutherford helped replace the losses signing Mark Flood and Matt Corrente to one-year deals. Flood is an offensive-defenseman that will help replace the offense lost by Gragnani, while Corrente is more of a shut-down defenseman, who can help teach the younger d-men on the Checkers’ roster.
Goalies: The team signed undrafted Canadian college free agent Jesse Deckert to provide some goaltending depth. He had a strong career in the CIS, but it’s likely Deckert will play in the ECHL next season and will be called up because of injuries.