In recent years, the Carolina Hurricanes have been reaping the benefits of a well-oiled draft machine, one that’s contributed to the team’s ascension from decade-long cellar dweller to playoff regular. Not every draft pick has lived up to expectations, but that’s standard in a league that drafts over 200 players every year yet only has 700-some players on active rosters at any given time. But not all draft classes are created equal.
Zdeno Chara has 22 years of NHL experience and has spent the past 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins. What's next for the 43-year-old defenseman? At this early point in the offseason, even he may not know.
The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday signed forwards Jeremy Bracco, David Gust and Sheldon Rempal to a one-year, two-way contracts. The deals will pay Bracco and Rempal $700,000 at the NHL level or $100,000 at the American Hockey League level. Gust will receive $700,000 at the NHL level or $80,000 at the AHL level.