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Hurricanes Qualify Seven Players

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 5:00 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
Michael Smith
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The Carolina Hurricanes today extended qualifying offers to forwards Zach Boychuk, Greg Nemisz, Justin Shugg, Jared Staal and Jiri Tlusty and defensemen Michal Jordan and Rasmus Rissanen, retaining their restricted free agent statuses.

Tlusty is perhaps the most notable name on this list, as he led the team with 23 goals in the 2012-13 48-game season. Last year, Tlusty tallied 30 points (16g, 14a) in 68 games, missing time due to an appendectomy. Boychuk also saw time with the big club last season, scoring a goal and adding three assists in 11 games.

Forwards Drayson Bowman, Andrei Loktionov, Aaron Palushaj and Kellan Tochkin and defenseman Tommi Kivisto were not qualified and will become unrestricted free agents on Wednesday, July 1.

The following players are also unrestricted free agents: forwards Nicolas Blanchard, Radek Dvorak, Manny Malhotra, Brett Sutter, defensemen Brett Bellemore, Matthew Corrente, Mark Flood, Mike Komisarek and Joni Pitkanen (heel) and goaltenders Justin Peters and Mike Murphy.

The Canes made a trio of signings on June 24, inking impending unrestricted free agents Chris Terry (one year) and Ron Hainsey (three years) and restricted free agent Nathan Gerbe (two years).

Our oft-updated contract chart provides a visual look at all under contract with the organization.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Nash 21 4 11 0 15
E. Staal 16 6 7 -6 13
J. Faulk 21 2 10 -9 12
J. Skinner 17 5 6 -4 11
J. Tlusty 21 8 2 -11 10
E. Lindholm 21 6 4 -4 10
N. Gerbe 17 2 6 2 8
A. Sekera 20 0 8 -4 8
C. Terry 17 4 3 1 7
V. Rask 21 3 2 -7 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 6 8 1 .907 2.61
A. Khudobin 0 4 2 .898 2.97