Having signed veteran forward Stephane Yelle, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today, "That should be it for us."
In other words, everything is set for the beginning of training camp next month. Rutherford said it's unlikely the Canes will have anyone come in for free-agent tryouts in the preseason camp, although he didn't completely rule it out.
But there is one bit of unfinished business: defenseman Anton Babchuk.
"At this point, it appears he will be going back to Russia," Rutherford said. "For the amount of money he thinks he can get, he would probably have to do that."
Babchuk is a restricted free agent who forfeited his arbitration rights when he bolted for Russia two years ago. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Canes for last year and has been offered the same contract for next season.
A 16-goal scorer last season, Babchuk believes he is worth more and has asked to be traded.
"If we can clear up Anton's situation and find him a team, we'd do that," Rutherford said. "There are teams looking for defensemen. But we're not close to making a trade with anyone."
Also unsigned is fourth-line forward Ryan Bayda, an unrestricted free agent. Bayda has been offered a two-way contract by the Canes but Rutherford said he is not sure what Bayda will decide to do.