The Carolina Hurricanes beat the NHL deadline for their opening night roster by two days, assigning four players to the AHL Charlotte Checkers on Saturday while returning defenseman Haydn Fleury to the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.
The four players that will be joining the Checkers are forwards Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan, and defensemen Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin. Fleury is in his final year of junior eligibility and, as such, is ineligible for an assignment to Charlotte.
With the final roster due to the NHL by Tuesday afternoon, it appears that the Canes will carry 22 players on their opening-night roster. Noah Hanifin has made the team, and congratulations are in order to Joakim Nordstrom and Michal Jordan, who have both made an opening-night NHL roster for the first time. Ryan Murphy and Chris Terry, the other two players on the bubble to make the roster, have also been assured of their place in the squad for the opening of the season on Thursday night in Nashville.
Here are the players that Your Carolina Hurricanes will start the season with:
Goaltenders: Cam Ward, Eddie Lack
Defensemen: Noah Hanifin, Ryan Murphy, James Wisniewski, John-Michael Liles, Justin Faulk, Michal Jordan, Ron Hainsey
Forwards: Jordan Staal, Eric Staal, Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Nestrasil, Elias Lindholm, Jay McClement, Riley Nash, Brad Malone, Chris Terry, Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom, Victor Rask, Jeff Skinner
The release from the team is below.
HURRICANES TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY FIVETraining camp roster at 22 players; Season-opening roster due Tuesday
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 five players. The Hurricanes now have 22 players in training camp with season-opening rosters of 23 or fewer players due to the NHL by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Defensemen Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin, and forwards Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan will join the Charlotte Checkers’ training camp, which began Tuesday in Indian Trail, NC. Defenseman Haydn Fleury has been returned to his junior club, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.