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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.

 

 

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my understanding would be that he is a restricted free agent, and JR still would like to trade him in order to get something for him....but why would another NHL team give anything for him when its clear to them and everyone else he isnt going to play here , why should they give up something for him when he could be had for only the price of his contract later....

here i thought

He was all but on the plane and on his way...not being mean or ugly here but...does the RBCC have to fall on him,before Anton gets the hint ? I like others here, do agree that he is a good & decent person and player..but he no longer fits the Canes New & improved program...I too wish him all the best there in Russia, or where ever he ends up on...

Go Canes !!

Too inconsistent

Don't get me wrong, I like Babchuk, but he is too inconsistent to be a full-time NHL'er. And the fact that he is demanding a full-time NHL salary ... looks like he will be Russia-bound soon.

I see it is still

I see it is still unresolved, it is not good.

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Best end to this would be

Best end to this would be to get another team to trade for his rights and the Canes pick up a draft pick.

Still unresolved?

How do you figure? He was offered a contract, he didn't accept it. He's not under a contract and nobody else is beating down his door with a contract in one hand and a big check in the other.

Sounds resolved to me.

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at chip.alexander@newsobserver.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.
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