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Canes Qualify Di Giuseppe, McGinn, Chelios

Nestrasil, Karlsson, Altshuller to become UFAs

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes today extended qualifying offers to forwards Phil Di Giuseppe and Brock McGinn and defenseman Jake Chelios, retaining their restricted free agent statuses.

Di Giuseppe split his second NHL season between Carolina and Charlotte. He has totaled 24 points (8g, 16a) in 77 games with the Hurricanes. McGinn played in a career-high 57 games with the Hurricanes in 2016-17 and also posted career highs in goals (7), assists (9) and points (16). Chelios inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes in April 2016. He was the only member of the Charlotte Checkers to skate in all of the team's 76 games in the 2016-17 regular season, and he tallied 32 points (4g, 28) and 54 penalty minutes.

Restricted free agent defenseman Trevor Carrick agreed to terms with the Hurricanes on a one-year, two-way contract on Monday morning.

Forwards Andrej Nestrasil and Erik Karlsson and goaltender Daniel Altshuller were not tendered qualifying offers and will become unrestricted free agents on Saturday, July 1.

The following players are also unrestricted free agents: forwards Bryan Bickell (who will be retiring), Patrick Brown, Danny Kristo, Jay McClement and Brendan Woods, defensemen Dennis Robertson, Philip Samuelsson and Matt Tennyson and goaltender Michael Leighton.

The Hurricanes have already inked a handful of players whose contracts were expiring, including Teuvo Teravainen, Derek Ryan and newly acquired goaltender Scott Darling.

Keep tabs on all Hurricanes movement this offseason with our player tracker and get a visual look at players under contract with the organization with our contract tracker.

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