The NHL Free Agency is finally here. Join us as we track all the free agent moves pertaining to new and former Carolina Hurricanes!
The NHL Free Agency is where most teams fill in the rest of their roster between their RFAs and any UFAs they find on the market. The Carolina Hurricanes usually do not splash a lot of money in Free Agency, However that may all change this year.
With the Noon starting period of Day one of the NHL Free Agency right around the corner, it will be interesting to see who will be among the many players who will be brought in to fill in the holes in the Carolina Hurricanes roster. Will they bring back Petr Mrazek or go with another FA goalie such as Robin Lehner or Semyon Varlamov? Will they add another offensive tool their gearbox?
All of these questions and more will be answered as we approach that time frame. There are already unconfirmed signings that are all but official for other teams that take key players out of the market. Sergei Bobrovsky is heading to Florida while his former teammate Matt Duchene is looking to join his fourth team in three years in Nashville.
There are still many good players out there with no rumored team attached or at the very least, the rumors aren’t solid enough to warrant dismissing them as possible FA pickups for the Carolina Hurricanes. Free Agency is where a lot of teams make or break their roster for the upcoming season. Where will Carolina end up when the dust has settled?
Curtis McElhinney: Tampa Bay Lightning
The first Carolina Hurricane we bid farewell to in this NHL Free Agency. Curtis McElhinney and the Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to a two year $2.6 Million deal. He will most likely play backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy. Which begs the question, what happens to Louis Domingue who is still on contract for another year?
Patrick Brown: Vegas Golden Knights
The Checkers have lost their Head Coach, and now their Captain. Patrick Brown is joining the Vegas golden Knights on a two year deal. First year is a two way, second is a one way. Both pay $700,000 at the NHL level with the first year paying $450,000 at the AHL level. Perhaps he will be reacquainted with his old teammate Valentin Zykov?
Tomas Jurco: Edmonton Oilers
Another Checkers player, albeit one that we barely got to know. Tomas Jurco is headed to the Oilers on a one year contract for $750,000. The two time AHL Calder Cup Champion might have finally earned his stay at the NHL level. Time will tell. He was instrumental in helping the Checkers win their first Calder Cup.
Greg McKegg: New York Rangers
The man, the myth, the legend. Not going to lie, this one stung. Greg McKegg is taking his talents and his legendary name to NYC. Signing for 4 years on a contract that has an AAV around $870,000. Not a bad deal. It seems like the Carolina Hurricanes might be relying on Lucas Wallmark or Martin Necas to fill in that fourth line center position.
Sebastian Aho: Offer Sheet from Montreal Canadiens.
This is where the trouble is starting to spew. The Montreal Canadiens have decided to rock the NHL world presenting the first signed offer sheet since 2013. This time it is for Carolina Hurricanes Star forward Sebastian Aho.
That is a lot of money upfront. Will the Carolina Hurricanes match it? We think that Tom Dundon and Don Waddell not only have no choice in the matter, but will also do so now that they no longer have to think about negotiating with Sebastian Aho. The results of this will change how offer sheets are considered for a long time. Lets be on the right side of history.
Petr Mrazek: Carolina Hurricanes
Its true folks, the Mrazzle Dazzle is back. Petr Mrazek has finally agreed to return to the Carolina Hurricanes. About time Carolina made a move. This one will make the fans happy. Signing a two year deal at $3.125 Million AAV leaves all the Cap space needed to match the offer sheet on Aho while also leaving room to get more offense.
Don Waddell did mention that he was in hourly talks with Mrazek’s camp before the NHL Free Agency deadline. He didn’t let the offer sheet faze him and took care to ensure that the Carolina Hurricanes continue to have a starting goalie. The Carolina Hurricanes still have $10 Million in Cap space to work with (even after matching Aho).
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