The Carolina Hurricanes submitted their 23-man roster to the NHL on Tuesday, on a day when the Canes added two players and traded one away.
Making more personnel moves two days before the season-opener, Canes general manager Ron Francis claimed defenseman Klas Dahlbeck on waivers from the Arizona Coyotes. The Canes later traded for forward Connor Brickley of the Florida Panthers, sending forward Brody Sutter to the Panthers in return.
The Canes on Sunday claimed forward Martin Frk off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and signed defenseman Jakub Nakladal to a one-year contract. Francis has been busy.
In getting the roster to the limit of 23 players, the Canes on Tuesday assigned defenseman Haydn Fleury and Trevor Carrick, and forward Lucas Wallmark to the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina’s AHL affiliate.
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Defenseman Ryan Murphy was placed on the injured list, and forward Warren Foegele sent back to his junior team.
The Canes open the 2016-17 season on the road Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.
With Murphy out, the Canes have taken good looks at Fleury, a former first-round pick, Carrick and Roland McKeown as a sixth defenseman during preseason. McKeown was paired with Noah Hanifin in practice Tuesday and remains on the Carolina roster for now.
Nakladal, who played 27 games for the Calgary Flames last season, has some immigration issues to handle and may join the team in Vancouver later in the week, Francis said.
Nakladal has been listed as a non-roster player. The Canes designated forwards Sergey Tolchinsky and Andrew Miller, and defenseman Tyler Ganly as injured non-roster.
Obtaining Nakladal and Dahlbeck, Francis said. “Gives us a couple of guys with NHL experience. It allows us not to have to rush some of the younger guys into the lineup. We can develop them the right way.”
Nakladal, 27, recently competed for the Czech Republic in the World Cup in Toronto, and Francis said Tuesday the right-handed shooter was used on the power play and penalty kill, and can play the off-side.
Dahlbeck, 25, played 71 games for the Coyotes last season. The Katrineholm, Sweden, native made his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014 and was traded to Arizona on Feb. 28, 2015.
“He’s a big guy, left shot, who can play both sides, as well,” Francis said.
Frk, who has not played in an NHL game, practiced with the Canes on Tuesday at PNC Arena and was used on a line with Jay McClement and Bryan Bickell. Forward Viktor Stalberg, on that line much of preseason, was given a maintenance day, Canes coach Bill Peters said.
“It’s obviously a new challenge,” Frk said. “I’m very happy to be here in this organization. I just want to enjoy the ride. I just want to help this team be better.
Frk and the Canes’ Andrej Nestrasil are good friends who train together in the offseason in the Czech Republic, and Nestrasil quickly offered up his extra bedroom. “He takes good care of me,” Frk said, smiling.
Brickley, 24, is a former second-round draft pick by the Panthers. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 10, 2015, the Panthers’ opening night last season, and played 23 games with Florida.
Brickley has been sent to the Checkers.
“We’re getting more and more depth here, so that’s good,” Peters said.