Hurricanes to buyout Darling
The Hurricanes have some potential holes they need to fix
“I know how much he’s put into this and I know there’s only so much gas in the tank,” Brind’Amour recently told the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’m going to make sure he takes a couple of months before he makes a decision.”
The Hurricanes talked to pending UFA Micheal Ferland during the season but they obviously couldn’t agree on a deal. He likely won’t be back.
The Hurricanes talked to RFA Sebastian Aho during the season. They could use Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s deal as a comparison according to the Raleigh News & Observer – eight years at a $7.8 million cap hit.
A top-six forward could be on their wish list, either through trade or free agency.
The Hurricanes could revisit talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs and they had some interest in Nazem Kadri.
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News: The Hurricanes made the playoffs by only three points this past season, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they missed the playoffs next year.
They could lose pending free agents Micheal Ferland and Justin Williams.
Ferland will be looking for a big raise from the $1.7 million he made this past season. He’ll likely be gone. Williams could re-sign.
Hard to see Scott Darling being back with the Hurricanes. Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney are UFAs. Is Alex Nedeljkovic ready for a full-time NHL position next year? He’s not ready to be a starter just yet.