2012 NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Signing and Trade Tracker on July 1st
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.
Hurricanes Pursuing Big-Name Options
Jim Rutherford was reportedly targeting 2012's two elite free agents, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, all afternoon. However, it appears his chances of landing one of the two A-grade items are not looking too good. Per NHL.com's Dan Rosen via Twitter:
Jim Rutherford says he thinks the Hurricanes are out on Parise and they still haven't heard anything on Suter, expects to hear tomorrow.
Rutherford also called the Blue Jackets several times about Rick Nash, the disgruntled superstar forward who's been requesting a trade for months. Reported TSN's Darren Dreger:
Carolina and Detroit are in a strong competition with New York Rangers for Rick Nash. Nothing imminent. Canes said to be pushing hard.
However, the Hurricanes would need to change Nash's mind before pulling off any deal for the winger, according to Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline:
Confirmed that Carolina is NOT on Rick Nash's list of approved teams. Ottawa also interested and not approved.
Justin Peters Re-Signed
In desperate need of goaltending depth, the Hurricanes have re-signed 25-year-old goalie Justin Peters to a two-year contract. Per Paul Branecky:
Peters' contract appears to be two-way in its first year, one-way in its second. Could still play AHL for both.
With veteran backup Brian Boucher out 4-6 months with shoulder surgery and former prospects Mike Murphy and Frederik Andersson dropping out of the Hurricanes' system, Peters will get solid playing in the AHL next season.
Joe Corvo Signed
Chip Alexander is reporting that the Hurricanes have signed defenseman Joe Corvo to a one-year, $2.0 million contract.
It is Corvo's third time coming to Carolina; the now-35-year-old defenseman was originally acquired from Ottawa in 2008, traded to Washington in March 2010, signed with the 'Canes in July 2010, was traded to Boston in June 2011 and was inked to another new contract today.
Rutherford cites chemistry with Gleason, need for right-shot D as reasons for Corvo signing.
Derek Joslin, who became unneeded weight last season as a defenseman-to-forward transfer, was bought out Friday.
Joslin, 25, was due to be paid $750,000 next season in the second year of a two-year, one-way contract he signed last July.
In 44 games last season, Joslin had two goals and two assists.
Brett Sutter Re-Signed
Per TSN reporter (and former Hurricane) Aaron Ward via Twitter:
Brett Sutter 550K/105 with a guarantee of 150K with Carolina Hurricanes. #TSN
Sutter, the cousin of now-Penguin Brandon Sutter, had 21 points in 60 games with AHL Charlotte last year. He turned 25 in early June.
Jordan Staal Signed
Jordan Staal, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins just nine days ago, has signed a 10-year, $60 million contract extension with the Hurricanes.
It's the exact same deal Staal rejected in Pittsburgh days before he was traded.
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie via Twitter:
Jordan Staal agrees to terms with CAR. 10 years, $60M. Done.
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