Zach Boychuk, the Canes' first-round draft choice, said he is close to signing an entry-level contract with the team.
"Hopefully we can get something done in the next day or two," the forward said today.
General manager Jim Rutherford said the Canes had made a final contract offer to Boychuk, adding, "We think it's a good one."
Rutherford would not discuss the terms of the contract, but it is believed to match the one given to forward Brandon Sutter, the Canes' first-round draft pick in 2007.
Sutter signed a three-year deal that will pay him $787,500 per season at the NHL level or $65,000 per season at the minor-league level. Sutter received a $262,500 signing bonus.
Boychuk recently had a pin removed from his left wrist but hopes to rejoin practice soon.