Carolina Hurricanes Player News: All Positions

News: Haula's (lower body) exit from Wednesday's game was not related to his previous issue and his considered precautionary, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Haula appears to have escaped serious concern regarding his current issue, but it will still be worth ensuring he returns to game action as the regular season approaches. He was limited to just 15 games played last season due to injury, so the team will likely take every precaution with the winger, who produced 55 points over 76 games in 2017-18 with the Golden Knights.
News: Haula left Wednesday's game against the Lightning and won't return due to a lower-body injury, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Haula was dealing with the injury heading into the game, so this is likely an aggravation of some sort, though that wasn't confirmed by the team. The Finnish-born player was limited by injuries last season, only suiting up for 15 games. Expect the team to have an update regarding Haula's health in the coming days.
News: Suzuki inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina on Wednesday.
Impact: While Suzuki figures to get an extended look during training camp, the 2019 first-round pick will likely rejoin OHL Barrie and spend another year in juniors. Last season, the center racked up 25 goals and 50 helpers in 65 games for the Colts, but could top the 100-point mark in 2019-20 based on his skill set.
News: Haula (lower body) will play in Wednesday's preseason matchup with Tampa Bay, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Haula will make his first appearance with the Hurricanes after being swapped from Vegas in the offseason. Injuries limited the Finnish center to a mere 15 outings, though he managed to rack up seven points in those games. Whether Haula can be the 55-point producer he was in his first season with the Golden Knights remains to be seen, but he should be in the mix for a top-six role as a winger.
News: Reimer will start Tuesday's preseason game versus the Lightning, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Reimer isn't expected to play the full game, but he'll get his first taste of action with his new team. The veteran netminder posted unimpressive numbers last year with a .900 save percentage and 3.09 GAA. He's slated to back up Petr Mrazek in the blue paint, and he could win over the starting role if Mrazek falters.
News: Claesson inked a one-year, two-way contract from Carolina on Tuesday.
Impact: Claesson took just four days of training camp to earn a permanent deal from the Canes after showing up on a PTO. Even with a contract in hand, the defender is far from guaranteed a spot on the 23-man roster and may need to spend some time in the minors proving he can be a consistent NHL contributor.
News: Kuokkanen (undisclosed) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Lightning, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kuokkanen underwent season-ending surgery in mid-March to address an unspecified injury, but his presence on Tuesday's game-day roster suggests he's put that issue behind him. The 21-year-old Finn, who racked up 12 goals and 38 points in 48 games with AHL Charlotte last campaign, will be battling with several other youngsters for one of the last spots on the big club's Opening Night roster during training camp.
News: Martinook (abdomen) will slot into the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against Tampa Bay, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Martinook underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury in late May, but he was given a 4-to-6 week recovery timetable at that time, so the fact that he's ready for Carolina's preseason opener doesn't come as a surprise. The 27-year-old, who notched 15 goals and 25 points in 82 games last campaign, will once again fill a middle-six role and kill penalties for the Hurricanes in 2019-20.
News: Coach Rod Brind'Amour said Priskie (undisclosed) is week-to-week, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Although the nature of his injury is unclear, it shouldn't keep him out too long. "I don't think it's as bad as we feared," Brind'Amour said. While this doesn't give much of a timeline, it shouldn't affect the Hurricanes since Priskie was expected to start the season with AHL Charlotte anyway.
News: Claesson will attend the Hurricanes' training camp on a professional tryout offer, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: The Hurricanes already have a logjam at defense, so Claesson should be considered a longshot at best to make their Opening Night roster. The 26-year-old notched six points in 37 games with the Rangers last campaign.
News: The Hurricanes have a deal in place that would send Faulk to the Ducks, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Impact: Faulk's contract includes a limited no-trade clause, and Anaheim isn't one of his 15 preapproved teams, so the ball's in his court now. If he ends up approving the trade, it will likely come with a long-term extension with the Ducks. Either way, it's clear that the Hurricanes have been actively shopping the 27-year-old blueliner since signing Jake Gardiner to a four-year deal Friday, so at this point it seems more likely than not that Faulk will be putting on a different jersey this season.
News: Gardiner signed a four-year, $16.2 million contract with the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: It's surprising that it took Gardiner this long to find a new home, as he's emerged as a highly-effective scoring threat from the blue line over the past three seasons, racking up 17 goals and 125 points in 226 games over that span, but it's possible that he was holding out hope that Toronto would be able to re-sign him after sorting out the Marner contract situation. However, with training camp just a week away, Marner remains unsigned, so Gardiner likely decided that he couldn't afford to remain patient any longer. The 29-year-old Minnesota native will likely slot into a middle-pairing role for Carolina this campaign and will also get a long look on the team's top power-play unit. If he's able to remain healthy, he shouldn't have any trouble eclipsing the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons in 2019-20.
News: McKeown signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
Impact: McKeown spent the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Charlotte, picking up four goals and 25 points while posting a plus-30 rating in 70 games. The 2014 second-round pick will likely remain in the minors for most, if not all of the 2019-20 season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radar.
News: Marleau will not be back with San Jose, according to agent Pat Brisson, and is looking for alternative options, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: After securing his release from Toronto, via a trade and buyout courtesy of Carolina, it seemed the table was set for Marleau to make a return to the Sharks. It appears, however, that the two sides haven't been able to make it work and the 39-year-old will be looking for a new home. Over the course of his 21-year NHL career, the center has racked up 551 goals and 615 assists in 1,657 games, adding another 127 points in 191 playoffs appearances. Marleau will no doubt be eager to land with a club in the playoff hunt, but probably needs to be willing to accept a significantly reduced paycheck.
News: Making his debut for SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) Sunday, Kochetkov stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 victory over Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Impact: It was just the third KHL start of Kochetkov's young career. The 20-year-old has the highest ceiling of any goaltender in the Carolina system, but he figures to spend the next couple years developing in his native Russia. Kochetkov, the 36th overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, seems likely to split this season between SKA and their second-tier VHL club.
News: Williams announced Monday that he will "step away from the game" and won't sign with Carolina ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: While it may sound like a retirement, and very well could be, both the team and player were clear that this should be considered a break. This leaves the door open for Williams to sign with the club prior to the trade deadline (Feb. 24) in order to be eligible for the postseason. If this does indeed mark the end of the road for Williams, he will retire having played in 1,244 games for Philadelphia, Carolina, Los Angeles and Washington. Over the course of his 18-year career, the veteran has racked up 312 goals and 474 assists while lifting Lord Stanley's Cup three times.
News: Mattheos will miss training camp as he completes treatments for testicular cancer.
Impact: Mattheos was diagnosed with testicular cancer just two days after helping AHL Charlotte win the Calder Cup in June. The 20-year-old has since undergone surgery and completed several rounds of chemotherapy, and is expected to return to full health after his treatment is complete. Once he receives medical clearance, Mattheos will likely join the Hurricanes' minor-league affiliate for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Priskie signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Impact: Using a provision of the CBA for college players drafted at 20 years of age or older, Priskie was able to to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, and it took the defenseman just two days to find his first NHL home. Priskie was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Capitals, and he most recently recorded 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in 36 appearances at Quinnipiac last season, where he led the NCAA in goals for defensemen.
News: Marleau joined Joe Thornton at the Shark's practice facility Monday, NHL.com reports.
Impact: After being traded to Carolina from Toronto and having his contract bought out by the Hurricanes, it has long been assumed that Marleau would make his way back to the Sharks' organization. While not exactly a contract agreement, the fact that the veteran is taking part in offseason workouts in San Jose is a good indication a deal is in the works.
News: Williams is "still debating" whether to retire according to Carolina general manager Don Waddell, per Sara Civian of The Athletic.
Impact: The Hurricanes appear to be in no hurry for Williams to make his decision, though they likely want him in the fold for the start of training camp. The 37-year-old put up his second straight 50-plus point campaign last year and appeared in all 82 regular-season contests, which is a good indication he still has something left in the tank. If he does re-up with Carolina, the winger figures to be back in a top-six role while continuing to provide top-end fantasy value.
News: Forsberg earned a one-year, one-way contract from the Hurricanes on Tuesday worth $775,000, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The fact that this is a one-way deal will create some problems for Carolina, as the club will now have to move Forsberg through waivers in order to get him down to the minors. With Petr Mrazek re-signed and James Reimer brought in via trade to serve as his backup, team brass likely will try to trade Forsberg rather than risk losing him for nothing as the Hurricanes likely won't want to carry three netminders into the regular season.
News: The Sharks traded Wood to the Hurricanes in exchange for Trevor Carrick on Tuesday.
Impact: Wood spent the entirety of 2018-19 campaign with AHL San Jose, notching six goals and 35 points in 68 games. That's pretty impressive production for a towering 6-foot-7 blueliner, so he may still be capable of carving out an NHL gig in the future. For now, he'll have to settle for a prominent role with AHL Charlotte.
News: According to general manager Don Waddell, van Riemsdyk (shoulder) has been cleared to resume skating, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in May, and was originally given a four-to-six month recovery timetable, but it appears as though he may be ahead of schedule. The New Jersey native may not be cleared for contact before training camp gets underway in September, but it sounds like he should be ready for Carolina's Oct. 3 season opener against Montreal. The 28-year-old, who notched three goals and 14 points in 78 games last campaign, is expected to reprise his role on the Hurricanes' third pairing in 2019-20.
News: McCormick inked a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina on Thursday.
Impact: McCormick played in just 14 games for the Senators last season, in which he tallied one goal, 12 shots and 21 hits while logging 7:30 of ice time per game. Instead, the Wisconsin native spent the bulk of the year in the minors with AHL Belleville and Colorado, appearing in 45 contests and registering 20 points. While the 27-year-old will be with the club during training camp, he is unlikely to earn a spot on the 23-man roster.
News: McGinn and the Hurricanes agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million contract Saturday.
Impact: McGinn filed for arbitration July 1 after receiving a qualifying offer from Carolina. The 25-year-old notched 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) over 82 games in 2018-19. With a new deal in place, McGinn will likely continue his role on Carolina's fourth line in 2019-20.
News: Forsling signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Tuesday.
Impact: The Hurricanes acquired Forsling's rights in a trade that sent Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela to Chicago in late June, so there was little doubt that they'd be signing him to a new deal this offseason. The 23-year-old blueliner appeared in 122 NHL games over the past three seasons with the Blackhawks, notching eight goals and 27 points while posting a minus-8 rating over that span. Forsling appears poised to once again split time between the NHL and AHL in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radars during this year's drafts.
News: Fleury inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with Carolina on Tuesday.
Impact: The fact that Fleury's deal is one-way means the youngster will finally get his shot to be a regular in the lineup this season. Whether the Saskatchewan native can secure consistent minutes remains to be seen, but the departure of Calvin de Haan at least opens the door.
News: Bishop signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Monday.
Impact: Bishop spent most of the 2018-19 season with AHL Charlotte, notching six points in 38 games, but he also made 20 appearances with the big club, picking up three points over that span. The 23-year-old forward will likely have a similar role in 2019-20, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on him.
News: Dzingel signed a two-year, $6.75 million contract with the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: Dzingel had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (26), assists (30), shots on goal (159) and game-winning goals (5) in 78 games split between the Senators and Blue Jackets. The 27-year-old should step into a middle-six role for Carolina in 2019-20, and could threaten the 50-point mark for a second straight campaign if he's able to lock down a spot on one of the Hurricanes' power-play units.
News: The Hurricanes officially matched Aho's five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from Montreal on Sunday.
Impact: The Canadians put an offer sheet in for Aho on July 1 as free agency began, and Carolina planned to match ever since. This decision finally makes the deal official, and will keep the Finnish product in Raleigh for at least five more years. After putting up 83 points in 82 games last season, even the prospect of a first-, second- and third-round pick couldn't sway the club into walking away from the table.
News: Forsberg filed for arbitration Friday.
Impact: Forsberg did not make an NHL appearance in 2018-19. The 26-year-old netminder posted a 15-17-1 record with AHL Rockford, along with a 2.64 GAA and .919 save percentage.
News: Robertson signed a contract with HCB Alto Adige Alperia on Friday.
Impact: Robertson logged five goals and five assists over 49 regular-season games for AHL Charlotte last season. The Canadian has played for AHL Charlotte for five seasons and has yet to see any ice time at the NHL level.
News: Gibbons signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Hurricanes on Thursday.
Impact: Gibbons has spent most of his career in the AHL, but he did manage to post 26 points in 59 games for the Devils in 2017-18. He'll look to make the big club with Carolina in camp.
News: Lintuniemi has signed a one-year contract with the Hurricanes, according to TSN's NHL Transactions page.
Impact: Lintuniemi hasn't panned out since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft by the Kings, having never appeared in an NHL game. The Finnish blueliner will likely serve in an AHL role for the entirety of the season.
News: Aho's five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from Montreal will be matched by the Hurricanes, the team announced Tuesday.
Impact: While the Canes haven't officially put pen to paper, the team's proclamation comes just 24 hours into its seven-day window to make a decision. After putting up 83 points in 82 games last season, even the prospect of a first, second and third round pick couldn't sway the club into walking away from the table. The Finn is capable of putting up similar numbers in 2019-20 and should be an early selection in all season-long formats.
News: Mrazek agreed to a two-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $6.25 million Monday.
Impact: Mrazek's deal will be worth $3 million next season, and $3.25 the following season per Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site. The Canes have solidified their goaltending situation for the 2019-20 campaign, trading for James Reimer on Sunday, and now re-signing Mrazek. The 27-year-old had a solid year for a Carolina team that made the Conference Finals, going 23-14-3 along with a 2.39 GAA and .914 save percentage. At this point it's unclear how coach Rod Brind'Amour will operate with two very capable netminders at his disposal.
News: McGinn has filed for salary arbitration, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: McGinn had another solid season in 2018-19, notching 10 goals and 26 points while posting a plus-10 rating in 82 games, so it's understandable that he's looking for a raise heading into 2019-20. General manager Don Waddell is confident that he'll be able to come to terms with McGinn either through negotiations or through an arbitrator, but either way, it's safe to assume the 25-year-old will be returning to his role on the Hurricanes' fourth line for the upcoming campaign.
News: Darling was bought out by the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: The Panthers acquired Darling and a 2020 sixth-round draft pick from the Hurricanes in exchange for goaltender James Reimer on Sunday, but neither team had any interest in retaining him. Still, purchasing the final two years of Darling's contract will cost Carolina $1.83 million over the next four years. It's been a major fall from grace for the ex-Blackhawk, as he failed to hold down a No. 1 goalie job in Raleigh following a 2016-17 campaign in which he posted an 18-5-5 record, 2.38 GAA and .924 save percentage in the Windy City.
News: Aho was given a five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet by the Canadiens on Monday, which he signed.
Impact: It's now up to the Hurricanes to determine if they want to match Montreal's offer or take a collection of picks from the Habs (a first-round, second-round and third-round selection). Considering the 21-year-old set career highs in goals (30), assists (53) and shots (243), it's hard to imagine Carolina will let him walk, even with a considerable return. This is the first offer sheet that has been utilized since 2013 when the Flames gave one to Ryan O'Reilly.
News: Reimer was traded to the Hurricanes from the Panthers on Sunday in exchange for Scott Darling and a 2020 sixth-round pick, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: The Hurricanes were reportedly in the mix for several goaltenders this offseason, but found their man via trade. Last season, Remier was a pedestrian 13-12-5 to go along with a 3.09 GAA and .900 save percentage on a struggling Panthers squad. At this point, it's safe to assume the 31-year-old will battle with incumbent Petr Mrazek for the bulk of the starts next season.
News: GM Don Waddell revealed Saturday that McElhinney will head elsewhere this offseason, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: McElhinney split time with Petr Mrazek down the stretch in the regular season before ceding the first-round series to Mrazek. He wound up making five appearances in the postseason, but it appears the netminder has his heart set on securing a gig elsewhere.
News: Nedeljkovic signed a two-year, $1.475 million contract extension with Carolina on Friday.
Impact: Nedeljkovic's deal will turn into a one-way contract ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, so it appears the 'Canes may have found their long-term answer between the pipes. The club will likely allow the 23-year-old to spend another year in the minors developing his game, but that may depend on whether it can re-sign Petr Mrazek and/or Curtis McElhinney.
News: The Hurricanes will buy out the final two years of Marleau's contract, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Marleau made it clear that he was really only interested in playing in California in 2019-20 before he was traded to Carolina, so the Hurricanes essentially agreed to take on his cap hit in order to pick up a 2020 first-round pick from the Maple Leafs. Now that he's an unrestricted free agent, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Marleau will reunite with the Sharks on a short-term, team-friendly deal.
News: The Golden Knights traded Haula (lower body) to the Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth-round pick, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Haula lost the majority of 2018-19 due to a lower-body injury, but he collected seven points (two goals, five assists) over 15 games prior to the season-ending issue. The 2017-18 campaign marked a breakout season for Haula, and the Hurricanes are banking on the 28-year-old pivot returning to the 55-point form he displayed as they look to build off of a postseason run that stretched deeper than most expected.
News: Despite a previous report that suggested otherwise, Wesley was not extended a qualifying offer prior to Tuesday's deadline, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Wesley will thus become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The 23-year-old bounced between the AHL and ECHL last year, so he'll likely be looking for an AHL-only deal with a new organization.
News: Di Giuseppe was not extended a qualifying offer by Nashville ahead of Tuesday afternoon's deadline, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Di Giuseppe has yet to crack 20 points in a single season, his best year having come in his rookie campaign when he found the scoresheet 17 times in 41 games. While he's sure to receive interest on the open market, the 25-year-old is not guaranteed an NHL roster spot after only managing four points in 2018-19.
News: Wesley received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Considering the 'Canes are sitting with over $24.5 million in cap space, it shouldn't come as a shock to see them tender all 11 of their restricted free agents. The 23-year-old Wesley was limited to just 21 games in the AHL last season due to injury, but apparently the organization is willing to give him another year to prove himself. The blueliner is a long shot to earn an NHL call-up this season and figures to continue playing in the minors.
News: Nedeljkovic received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: The 2014 second-rounder could be ready to make the move to a full-time NHL role after winning AHL goaltender of the year last season. Regardless of where he ends up this season, retaining Nedeljkovic's rights was an easy decision for the Hurricanes.
News: Forsberg received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Carolina just traded for Forsberg a day earlier, so it's no surprise the team opted to retain his rights. Forsberg will likely be AHL-bound come the 2019-20 season, though uncertainty in Carolina's net could lead to him sticking around with the big club should the Swede have a strong camp.
News: Fleury received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Fleury has underwhelmed since being selected seventh overall in the 2014 draft, posting nine assists without a goal over 87 career NHL contests. He'll have to fight for a bottom-pairing role in camp and could end up without regular NHL playing time if he doesn't show improvement.
News: McKeown received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Alexander notes that Carolina's qualifying all of its RFAs, and McKeown is included among those. McKeown got his first taste of NHL action last season with three points in 10 games, but he'll be fighting an uphill battle to make the roster out of camp.
News: Carrick received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Carrick suited up in just one NHL game last season and four in his career, so he'll have a tough time cracking Carolina's lineup out of camp and is more likely to wind up as organizational depth in the AHL.
News: Maenalanen received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as the Hurricanes are flush with cap space and opted to qualify all of their RFAs. Maenalanen should return to a bottom-six role, similar to the one in which he totaled eight points over 34 appearances as a rookie last season.
News: Forsling received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: This move comes as no surprise, as Carolina wouldn't have traded for Forsling just a day earlier if the team didn't intend to sign him. The 23-year-old Swede has 27 points in 122 career NHL appearances with Chicago, and his underwhelming fantasy stock doesn't change much with his new club.
News: Bishop received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: Bishop will hope to crack Carolina's up-and-coming roster more consistently this season after appearing in 20 games last year and posting just three points. This could turn into a make-or-break campaign for the 23-year-old's future in the NHL.
News: McGinn received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: McGinn made a lasting memory for both himself and the Hurricanes franchise by scoring the Game 7 double-overtime winner in Carolina's first playoff series this decade. It's no surprise the team wants him back after that accomplishment.
News: Aho received a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: This was a no-brainer for Carolina, as the team will now retain Aho's rights while the two sides attempt to hammer out an extension. After racking up 197 points over his first three NHL campaigns, Aho will get a hefty raise from the $1.75 AAV he was paid on his entry-level deal.
News: Forsberg and Gustav Forsling were traded to the Hurricanes from the Blackhawks in exchange for Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela on Monday.
Impact: A pending restricted free agent, Forsberg spent last season with AHL Rockford, posting a 2.64 GAA and .919 save percentage with a 15-17-1 record. In 35 NHL contests during the 2017-18 campaign, the 6-foot-3 Swede went 10-16-4 with a 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage. Carolina's goalie situation is very murky at the moment, so it's unclear what the team's intentions with Forsberg will be.
News: Forsling was traded to the Hurricanes along with Anton Forsberg in exchange for Calvin de Haan and Aleksi Saarela on Monday.
Impact: Forsling notched three goals and nine points across 43 NHL contests but struggled to carve out a regular role on Chicago's blue line. He's a restricted free agent this offseason, but with plenty of cap space to work with, Carolina should re-sign him with no issue. Expect the 23-year-old Swede to slot in as a bottom-pair defenseman this season.