The Checkers saw their roster depleted due to NHL call-ups, but help is on the way after Charlotte captain Brett Sutter and Andreas Nodl both cleared waivers Thursday and were assigned to Carolina's AHL affiliate. Both are available to play tonight for the Checkers. With Tim Wallace hitting the wire as well, the Hurricanes are down to 24 players (13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies, and injured forward Tuomo Ruutu).
On top of that, all of the current Checkers who were waiver-eligible — most notably goalie Justin Peters — also cleared and will stay in Charlotte. Three Checkers forwards — Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk and Zac Dalpe — all seemed to have found a spot on Carolina's opening day roster and perhaps the Saturday's lineup, while defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti is in a battle for the No. 6 spot with returning starter Jamie McBain.
Also sticking around for now is Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy, who can play six games with Carolina before needing to reassigned to his OHL team or burning a year of his entry-level contract.
Here is the release from the Hurricanes on Nodl and Sutter being assigned to Charlotte.
HURRICANES ASSIGN NODL, SUTTER TO CHARLOTTE
Forwards available to play for Checkers tonight
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forwards Andreas Nodl and Brett Sutter to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Nodl, 25, split the 2011-12 season between Philadelphia and Carolina, totaling eight points (3g, 5a) and eight penalty minutes in 60 games. The Vienna, Austria, native was acquired from the Flyers on waivers on Nov. 29, 2011, and appeared in 48 games with the Hurricanes, earning seven points (3g, 4a). Philadelphia’s second-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Nodl has totaled 35 points (15g, 20a) in 175 career NHL games with the Flyers and Hurricanes.
Sutter, 25, is serving his second consecutive year as the Checkers’ captain, and currently ranks fifth on the team with 11 goals and eighth on the team with 20 points. The Viking, Alb., native is in his sixth professional season and played in a career-high 15 NHL games with Carolina in 2011-12, registering three assists. Since making his NHL debut with Calgary on Dec. 23, 2008, Sutter (6’0", 200 lbs.) has earned five points (1g, 4a) in 34 career NHL games with the Flames and the Hurricanes. Carolina acquired Sutter from Calgary via trade on Nov. 17, 2010.