Over the past week, we’ve looked at the Carolina Hurricanes’ restricted and unrestricted free agents, and over the next two days we’ll look at the free agents on the Charlotte Checkers. These players spent most of the season with the Checkers, but are still free agents in the Hurricanes’ organization and some have a future with the team.
Acquired in the Kevin Westgarth trade, Nemisz was looked at as a player that could bring a scoring touch to a falling Checkers team. Unfortunately for them, he was injured for most of the season and only played 14 games. However, he did contribute 11 points. The Checkers can probably move on without Nemisz, unless if they want to bring him back for scoring help.
One of the free agent signings from this past summer, Palushaj had a strong AHL campaign with 58 points in 68, but only played in two games with the Canes. At 24 years old, Palushaj is still trying to make a name for himself in the NHL, and it may be best for both parties if the Hurricanes don’t qualify him, and let Palushaj try to make the NHL on a different team.
The fourth-round pick in 2010, Shugg quietly had a strong season with the Checkers, scoring 38 points in 75 games. I’m not too sure if he has much of a future in the NHL, but he’s only 22 years old, and keeping him around is something the Canes would be smart to do.
After playing in two games with the Canes in the 2012-13 season, the youngest Staal brother did not see a single game in the NHL this year. He dealt with injuries for most of the season and only played in 50 games. I think the Hurricanes will keep him around because he still may make it as a fourth-line player, though that hope is quickly vanishing.
Tochkin was acquired in the Jeremy Welsh and Zac Dalpe trade in September, but played the whole season in the ECHL. There’s no reason for the Hurricanes to keep him around.