Carolina Hurricanes: Complete Preview for 2014 Free Agency

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Carolina Hurricanes: Complete Preview for 2014 Free Agency
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The heart of the Carolina Hurricanes' 2014 offseason will reach a climax with the opening of the NHL free-agent market on Tuesday.

First-year general manager Ron Francis has little time to reminisce on the results of his first draft, as the 'Canes organization must deal with—or not deal with—23 expiring contracts and navigate a competitive market to bring in the desired additions.

Jiri Tlusty highlights a lengthy list of potential restricted free agents (RFAs), while it seems as though most, if not all, of the Hurricanes' remaining unrestricted free agents (UFAs) will indeed hit the open market come 12 p.m. ET on July 1.

Meanwhile, Francis has a modest agenda to fulfill once Tuesday's madness begins. "We're looking potentially more in the fourth-line need, maybe, or a depth defenseman at this point," he said, per Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.

A complete breakdown of each aspect of Carolina's situation entering free agency, including potentially departing players and their potential replacements, falls on the coming slides.

 

Additional reading on many of the storylines discussed in this preview is available by following the included hyperlinks.

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