The Carolina Hurricanes on Monday made some personnel decisions, signing forward Derek Ryan and defenseman Trevor Carrick to one-year contracts and extending qualifying offers to forwards Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe and defenseman Jake Chelios.
Forward Andrej Nestrasil, who played 19 games for the Hurricanes last season and 115 in parts of three seasons, did not receive a qualifying offer. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July. 1, parting ways with the franchise that claimed him off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings in November 2014.
The Canes also did not extend qualifying offers to goalie Daniel Altshuller and forward Erik Karlsson, who already had announced he was returning to Sweden to play pro hockey.
The Canes’ other unrestricted free agents are forwards Jay McClement, Patrick Brown, Danny Kristo, and Brendan Woods; defensemen Matt Tennyson, Dennis Robertson and Philip Samuelsson, and goaltender Michael Leighton.
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Nestrasil, McGinn, Di Giuseppe and Chelios were restricted free agents. McGinn and Di Giuseppe, as unsigned RFAs, were among the skaters on the Canes’ protected list for the NHL expansion draft last week.
Nestrasil played 55 games for the Canes in 2015-16. With center Jordan Staal and winger Joakim Nordstrom, he was part of a formidable, effective checking line before suffering a season-ending back injury in late-February 2016 against Toronto.
Nestrasil was able to attend the Canes’ preseason training camp last fall but spent most of the season with the Charlotte Checkers, the Canes’ American Hockey League affiliate.
In a March interview with the Czech news outlet Blesk, Nestrasil criticized Hurricanes management and Canes coach Bill Peters, saying neither wanted him as a player and were happy he was “on the farm team.”
Asked in April about his future with the Hurricanes, Nestrasil said, “It depends on them and what’s their plan into the future, which I feel maybe I’m not part of it. That’s fine. That’s their decision. That’s what they have to do.”