The Hurricanes have decided to send forward Zach Boychuk back to his junior team, Lethbridge (WHL).
Boychuk, Carolina's first-round pick last June, played in two games after recovering from wrist surgery. The first year of his entry-level contract now rolls over to next season; the Canes cannot recall him or send him to Albany (AHL) until Lethbridge's season ends.
He sat out Carolina's third period in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Kings, with all 9:21 of his ice time coming in the first two periods, and played 14:45 in Sunday's win over Anaheim.
Lethbridge's next game is Tuesday.