Cross Chad LaRose off the list. Carolina's last restricted free agent at the NHL level signed a one-year, $875,000 contract on Wednesday as the Canes avoided arbitration for the eighth straight summer.
"I'm ecstatic. I can't even tell you," LaRose said. "I'm very excited and excited to be a Cane again and to have this off my chest.
"Everyone was patient and when it got done it worked out both ways."
LaRose is one of five NHL players (so far) who are skating in Raleigh this summer, joining Rod Brind'Amour and ex-Canes Aaron Ward, Shane Willis and Jesse Boulerice.
LaRose, who made $500,000 last season, had filed for arbitration last weekend. The Canes haven't gone to arbitration since Jeff O'Neill made it to his hearing in 2000.
That more or less completes Carolina's NHL business for the summer, with one big exception — the salary-dump trade on defense. With LaRose on board, the Canes are at about $49.6 million and need to be closer to $45 million on opening night.
Frantisek Kaberle is the most likely trade possibility. Niclas Wallin said this week in an e-mail he had not been contacted by the Hurricanes about waiving his no-trade clause, and after last summer's shenanigans, you have to figure the Canes wouldn't make that mistake twice.
A Kaberle trade would get the Canes down to about $47.4 million, which might pass muster with Peter Karmanos.