More crossing Ts and dotting Is:
Ryan Bayda, Wade Brookbank and Tim Conboy have all re-signed, Bayda and Brookbank for one year each and Conboy for two.
Bayda and Brookbank will each make $475,000 next season. Conboy has a two-way deal next season ($475,000 and $100,000 in the AHL) and a one-way deal in 2009-10 at $500,000.
More to come on this later as well.
UPDATE, 6:14 p.m.: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said these signings more or less complete the let's-get-bigger campaign on the fourth line, while calling Chad LaRose's position into question.
After the attempt to get Darcy Hordichuk fizzled, the Canes decided to go with the second-half status quo, adding rookie Brandon Sutter to the mix as well. LaRose, a restricted free agent, has not accepted a one-year offer from the Canes, Rutherford said.
"So we don’t know where that’s going to lead," Rutherford said. "I think that will dictate what our next move is going to be for that line. I think it’s good for the organization and for the players like Brookbank and Conboy and Bayda that come through our system and played well in the minors and earned a spot, a chance to come up here and really made a difference on our team in the second half — those are the kind of stories you like to hear, where players that work hard deserve the opportunity and now they’re going to be given that opportunity on a regular basis."
Conboy has a two-way contract in the first year of his deal, so he's likely to spend most of the season with Albany (AHL), but he's not complaining.
"I’m on a cloud right now," Conboy said. "This is my ideal situation. I wanted more than anything to be with Carolina, in the organization, there or in Albany. I'm thrilled and relieved that I'm where I want to be. …
"I’ve only played 19 (NHL) games. I haven’t really accomplished a lot up there yet to prove myself. I still have a lot of work to do. I have to try not to take anything for granted and have the same attitude I had last year and earn every inch."
As for LaRose, the Canes have made it clear they don't see him playing on their top three lines, which has been the sticking point in negotiations, Rutherford said.
"I don't think his (contract) number is out of line with what he's done," Rutherford said. "His number is out of line with where we're going to use him on our team."
Hordichuk, by the way, ended up signing a two-year deal with Vancouver.