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Hurricanes Cut 10 From Camp Roster, Including Sending Haydn Fleury Back To WHL

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The Hurricanes got closer to their opening night roster Thursday by optioning nine players to the AHL and returning first-round pick Haydn Fleury to Red Deer (WHL).

First-year pro Patrick Brown made it past Carolina’s most recent round of cuts.
First-year pro Patrick Brown made it past Carolina’s most recent round of cuts.
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The Carolina Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 25 Thursday, sending nine players to the AHL and returning first-round pick Haydn Fleury to Red Deer of the WHL. The team also place Jordan Staal on injured reserve.

Six players were sent outright to Charlotte (Danny Biega, Phil Di Giuseppe, Brock McGinn, Carter Sandlak, Brody Sutter and Brendan Woods) while three more (Michal Jordan, Drew MacIntyre and Rasmus Rissanen) will have to go through waivers before joining the Checkers.

The moves leave the Canes with 25 players in camp. Both Victor Rask and Zach Boychuk seemed to have earned a spot on Carolina’s third line, while forwards Patrick Brown, Chris Terry and Chad LaRose (who is not on an NHL contract and would need to sign one to join the Hurricanes) are seemingly jockeying for a fourth-line job if Patrick Dwyer's injury keeps him from starting the season in the lineup.

The defense is also down to eight, and only four (Justin Faulk, Ron Hainsey, Ryan Murphy, Andrej Sekera) seem like locks for Carolina’s opener on Oct. 10. That leaves two spots for 30-somethings Jay Harrison, Tim Gleason and John-Michael Liles, along with 26-year-old Brett Bellemore.

Here is the release from the Hurricanes:

‘CANES REDUCE TRAINING CAMP BY 10 PLAYERS
Jordan Staal placed on injured reserve; Carolina’s roster now at 25 players

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has trimmed its training camp roster by 10 players. It also was announced that center Jordan Staal has been placed on injured reserve. With the moves, just 25 players remain in the team’s training camp heading into its final two exhibition games, Friday at PNC Arena against Buffalo and Sunday at Washington.

Forwards Phil Di Giuseppe, Brock McGinn, Carter Sandlak, Brody Sutter and Brendan Woods, as well as defenseman Danny Biega, will join the Charlotte Checkers’ training camp immediately. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre and defensemen Michal Jordan and Rasmus Rissanen will join Charlotte’s camp pending waivers. Defenseman Haydn Fleury, the team’s 2014 first-round (7th overall) draft choice, will join his junior club, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL).