Canes extend qualifying offers to five restricted free agents

calexander@newsobserver.comJuly 2, 2013 

— The Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday made personnel contract decisions, extending qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, Riley Nash and Jared Staal, and defenseman Michal Jordan.

The Canes elected not to make qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: forwards Andreas Nodl, AJ Jenks, Luke Pither; defensemen Joe Sova and Justin Krueger, and goalie John Muse. All will become unrestricted free agents on Friday and able to sign with other teams.

General manager Jim Rutherford said forwards Tim Wallace and Jerome Samson, due to become unrestricted free agents Friday, would test free agency.

Dalpe played 10 games with the Canes last year and has 41 games of NHL experience. Boychuk played just one NHL game with Carolina, the season-opener, but later in the season was claimed off waivers by both the Pittsburgh Penguins and then Nashville Predators and played a total of 12 games for those two teams.

Waived by the Preds, Boychuk was claimed by the Canes on March 21 and returned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Jared Staal, the younger brother of the Canes’ Eric and Jordan Staal, was called up from the Checkers for the final two games of the regular season, making his NHL debut.

Nash saw his most extensive NHL action this last season, getting in 32 games for the Canes. He had four goals and five assists.

Krueger, the son of former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger, has signed a two-year contract with SC Bern of the Swiss league.

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