Charlotte Checkers' Restricted Free Agents

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Sep 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan (47) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Defense

Michal Jordan

The four-year veteran on the Checkers’ blueline, Jordan is probably the steadiest defenseman the team has, but the NHL hasn’t came calling for him and the KHL is an option. Jordan should probably be kept around. He still has a chance at the big league, and is a veteran leader for a young team, but the decision is in his hands also.

Tommi Kivisto

The seventh-round pick in 2009 played 17 games with the Checkers last season, then went back to Finland to play. I doubt Kivisto wants to come back and the Hurricanes shouldn’t be interested in re-signing him.

Rasmus Rissanen

Like Jordan, Rissanen is a four-year veteran on the team and will probably have overseas suitors this offseason. Last season, the Checkers lost three veteran defensemen to oversea clubs, and it’s highly possible that something along those lines could happen this summer. If the team can keep one of the two, that would probably be the best outcome.

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