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Hurricanes place Forsberg, Forsling, Bishop on waivers

We now have a better idea of who will be in the opening night lineup, which must be submitted to the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes moved one step closer to naming their opening-night roster on Monday, placing three players on waivers in advance of Tuesday afternoon’s roster deadline. Center Clark Bishop, defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg joined the conga line of NHL players available on waivers prior to the start of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.

Along with the assignment of defenseman Chase Priskie to Charlotte yesterday, the Hurricanes’ roster will require additional cuts before the deadline. Forward Brian Gibbons and defenseman Roland McKeown have both cleared waivers already during the preseason and can be sent to Charlotte without needing to clear again, although McKeown (or perhaps Forsling) will likely be kept on the Hurricanes roster until Jake Gardiner returns to the lineup.

Forward Max McCormick is listed on the “in the system” portion of the Hurricanes’ website roster, seemingly indicating that he will not be on the opening night roster, however he is still listed on the official training camp roster and would require clearing waivers to be assigned to Charlotte. The Hurricanes will need to make at least three assignments to cut their roster down to 23 players, assuming both Trevor van Riemsdyk and one of either Gardiner or Ryan Dzingel is moved to injured reserve.

The salary cap might force additional moves, however, with the Hurricanes currently about $3.5 million over the cap. Assigning the three players on waivers, plus Gibbons, to Charlotte will clear about 85% of that number off the Hurricanes’ cap, and the remainder could be accounted for by moving van Riemsdyk to the long-term injured list. If the team elects to keep van Riemsdyk on the books by assigning him only to IR rather than LTIR, moving one more salary under $1 million - presumably either McKeown or McCormick - would do the trick.

The roster deadline, by which time all teams must have no more than 23 players on their active roster and must be compliant with the $81.5 million salary cap, is Tuesday at 5:00. Unless the Hurricanes make a surprise claim in the waiver market (Josh Ho-Sang, anyone?), we can be reasonably sure that their opening night roster will look something like this:

Forwards (14)

  • Sebastian Aho
  • Jordan Staal
  • Erik Haula
  • Lucas Wallmark
  • Teuvo Teravainen
  • Nino Niederreiter
  • Andrei Svechnikov*
  • Ryan Dzingel
  • Jordan Martinook
  • Warren Foegele
  • Martin Necas*
  • Julien Gauthier*
  • Brock McGinn
  • Max McCormick

Defensemen (7)

  • Jaccob Slavin
  • Dougie Hamilton
  • Brett Pesce
  • Jake Gardiner
  • Haydn Fleury
  • Joel Edmundson
  • Roland McKeown**

Goalies (2)

  • Petr Mrazek
  • James Reimer

Injured Reserve (1)

  • Trevor van Riemsdyk

* - can be assigned to AHL without clearing waivers
** - does not require clearing waivers to be assigned to AHL unless playing 10 or more games before October 23