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The 'Canes signed Tlusty to a one-year, $2.95 million "bridge" contract that will leave him eligible, for the first time, for unrestricted free agency next summer.
At age 26, he has been in the NHL for a while and has had some success, but his long-term role has never been carved out. With plenty of top-six playing time on the horizon, his performance in 2014-15 will affect his future tremendously.
Carolina's most aggravating, polarizing and longest-tenured prospect has been given one final opportunity to prove himself worthy of the NHL. Supposedly.
Boychuk, 24, captured the AHL's scoring title with 36 goals in 69 games for Charlotte in 2013-14 and even managed four points in 11 NHL games (his highest total since 2010-11), as well. He's expected to be a top challenger for Carolina's vacant third-line wing hole in training camp...but we've all heard this story before.
Injuries hampered 24-year-old Nemisz's AHL campaign, but the return player in the Kevin Westgarth trade was stellar in limited action for Charlotte. At 6'3", Nemisz could be a long-shot dark horse for a checking-line NHL job.
The Hurricanes' best remaining AHL blueliner was inked to a one-year extension on Thursday after a strong 2013-14 campaign, per the team's official website. The 23-year-old former fourth-round draft selection should receive a number of NHL call-ups this coming year.
Brotherly love must be the only thing keeping Jared Staal in professional hockey, as he has scored a miserable 10 goals and 25 points in 169 AHL games since 2007. Regardless, he was also re-signed for one more season on Thursday, per the team's website.
Note: Contract information courtesy of Capgeek.com.