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Carolina Hurricanes Cut Six Players from Training Camp Roster

Carrick and Saarela headman the list of Carolina’s roster cuts on Thursday.

Jamie Kellner

The training camp roster is now down to 27 as the Carolina Hurricanes made another wave of cuts on Thursday.

Forwards Nicolas Roy, Aleksi Saarela, and Valentin Zykov were all assigned to the Charlotte Checkers and will join the team’s training camp immediately.

Defensemen Trevor Carrick and Jake Chelios and goalie Jeremy Smith will have to pass through waivers in order for them to join the Checkers. We will find out Friday at noon whether or not the trio will stay in the organization.

The only surprising name on the cut list is Carrick as he had an impressive training camp and preseason but ultimately lost the sixth and seventh defenseman jobs, likely to Haydn Fleury and Klas Dahlbeck.

It will be interesting to see if Carrick will be picked up on waivers. With how he played in September, I wouldn’t put it past a team for giving him a look in the dying days of preseason.

Among the notable names still in camp are Phil Di Giuseppe, Janne Kuokkanen, Martin Necas, Lucas Wallmark, Jake Bean and Haydn Fleury.

The team will play its final preseason game on Friday against the Washington Capitals.

The official team release is below.

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team will assign six players to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).

Forwards Nicolas Roy, Valentin Zykov, and Aleksi Saarela will join Charlotte (AHL) immediately, whose training camp is already underway; and defensemen Trevor Carrick and Jake Chelios, and goaltender Jeremy Smith will be assigned pending waivers at noon on Friday.


The Hurricanes training camp roster is now at 27 players. Carolina will close out its preseason slate on Friday against the Washington Capitals at PNC Arena.