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Re-Sign: F Riley Nash, F Zac Dalpe, F Jared Staal, F Luke Pither, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, D Michal Jordan, G John Muse
Both Nash and Dalpe should be retained as quickly as possible this summer and penciled in for NHL jobs entering September's training camp.
Nash recorded nine points in 32 games at the top level this season (in addition to 37 points and a plus-14 rating in 51 games for AHL Charlotte) and was an even better fit than those numbers suggest in the Brandon Sutter-vacated third-line center position.
Dalpe, meanwhile, actually led all Hurricanes with 10-plus appearances in Corsi rating and showed some good potential alongside fellow young forward Jeff Skinner in albeit limited playing time.
Jordan and Gragnani made five and one NHL appearances, respectively, in 2013. They'll be valuable depth defenseman moving forward and should each see a few call-ups in their future.
Part Ways: F Zach Boychuk, F Andreas Nodl, F A.J. Jenks, D Justin Krueger, D Joe Sova
After an insane spring of waiver carried him from Charlotte to Raleigh to Pittsburgh to Nashville to Milwaukee and, finally, back to Charlotte, Zach Boychuk faces an expiring contract come July and some serious doubt about his hockey-playing future. The former 14th-overall pick seems destined to be a bust, but GM Jim Rutherford may still be able to squeeze something out of his RFA rights via the trade market.
Nodl struggled through a plethora of injuries in 2013 and, despite a respectable amount of NHL experience on his resume, doesn't have enough of a ceiling to bother keeping around.
Jenks, Krueger and Sova have each essentially timed out of their unimpressive AHL careers.