2012 NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Signing and Trade Tracker on July 1st

Mark Jones@@CanesReportSenior Analyst IJuly 1, 2012

RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 28:  Coach Kirk Muller of the Carolina Hurricanes huddles with his team during the closing seconds of a win over the Nashville Predators during play at the RBC Center on February 28, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 4-3.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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NHL free agency is underway, and for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes will be front and center.

With GM Jim Rutherford flush with cash and holes to fill, expect an afternoon of hockey headlines in Raleigh.

Who will fill the newly-opened third-line center hole? Which top-six forward will be brought in for an extra boost of scoring? Will Kirk Muller's request for a top-four defenseman be answered?

Follow all of the Hurricanes' July 1st activity below.