The day before the Hurricanes head to Charlotte for a preseason matchup with the Winnipeg Jets, the team informed seven players that they won't be returning to Raleigh after the game.
Forwards Nicolas Blanchard, Mike McKenzie, Cedric McNicoll, Jared Staal and Justin Shugg will report to the opening day of Charlotte Checkers camp on Monday, along with defensemen Michal Jordan and Rasmus Rissanen. None of the seven played in either of the Canes' first two preseason games, losses to Buffalo on Monday and to Nashville last night at the RBC Center.
The Canes' camp roster now stands at 36 players, and of those players only Mathieu Roy, Bobby Sanguinetti, Derek Joslin, Chris Durno and Mike Murphy have yet to see game action. The Canes will travel to Charlotte tomorrow afternoon to face the Jets at 5 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena, then will return the favor with a game in Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
Update 8:45 p.m.: TSN is reporting that the Canes have placed Blanchard, Justin Soryal and Brett Bellemore on waivers. This is presumably a formality, as Soryal and Bellemore were on the list of cuts released by the team on Thursday and Blanchard was included in today's cuts. Assuming none of the three are claimed, they will clear on Monday in time for the Checkers' camp to begin. The other six players assigned to Charlotte today are not waiver-eligible and do not need to clear to be sent down.
The full release from the team is available after the jump.
HURRICANES ASSIGN SEVEN PLAYERS TO CHARLOTTE
Carolina’s training camp now at 36 players
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned seven players from its training camp to its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. The Hurricanes’ training camp now stands at 36 players.
Forwards Nicolas Blanchard, Mike McKenzie, Cedric McNicoll, Jared Staal and Justin Shugg, as well as defensemen Michal Jordan and Rasmus Rissanen, will join Charlotte as the team opens its training camp on Monday. All of the Checkers’ training camp sessions will take place at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. For information on Charlotte’s training camp, please visit http://www.gocheckers.com.