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Jared Staal signs one-year contract

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The Canes announced Tuesday they have signed right wing Jared Staal to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will pay Staal $550,000 on the NHL level or $60,000 on the American Hockey League level during the 2013-14 season. Staal was a restricted free agent.

Staal, 22, made his NHL debut late in the 2012-13 season, skating in two games with the Hurricanes. He had career highs in games played (52), goals (4), assists (3), points (7) and penalty minutes (25) on the AHL level with Charlotte.

Staal made his NHL debut April 25 against the New York Rangers, starting the game on the same line with two older brothers, Eric and Jordan Staal. It marked the fourth time in NHL history that a trio of brothers played for the same team during the same season, and the first since Peter, Anton and Marian Stastny did it for Quebec in 1985.

Checking in with the Canes

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Elias Lindholm's press conference and the signing of his entry-level contract highlighted Monday's press conference at PNC Arena. But there were some other newsy items:

-- Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said he has not had another meeting with N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson but does not believe there will be any scheduling conflicts when the NHL's 2013-2014 schedule is released.

The Canes had a June 1 deadline for finalizing their home dates for next season and faced possible fines from the league for any dates that had to later be changed. NCSU has priority on dates in PNC Arena for its men's basketball and commencement exercises, and still had locked down potential dates prior to June 1.

"I don't believe anything is going to be affected by this year's schedule -- not that I know of right now," Rutherford said. "And we'll continue to work on something that can work for both sides."

Lindholm signed, says he's ready for NHL

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The Carolina Hurricanes apparently have Swedish forward Elias Lindholm on the fast track to the NHL.

Lindholm, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Canes on Monday. Lindholm, who called the signing a "dream come true" during a press conference at PNC Arena, will receive $832,500 on the NHL level -- or $70,000 at the AHL level -- in each of the three years. He received a signing bonus of $277,500.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Monday he would be "shocked" if Lindholm was not on the Canes' roster next season. He said Lindholm, who played for Brynas of the Swedish Elite League last season, preferred to play center but could be used at any of the three forward positions.

"We all realize that he's an experienced player, because he played in the men's Swedish league last year, and not many players of his age are capable of doing that and certainly not putting up the points he did," Rutherford said.

Preseason schedule includes Quebec trip

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The Hurricanes were scheduled to make a trip north to Quebec last fall before the lockout wiped out the preseason, but they'll finally get there this year.

Their preseason schedule, announced Wednesday, includes a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the venerable Le Colisee in Quebec City, former home of the Quebec Nordiques and potential temporary home of a moving or expansion NHL franchise while the city constructs a new arena. The Hurricanes will also face the Canadiens at Montreal's Bell Centre one night later.

Canes sign Komisarek, Khudobin

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The Canes on Friday added a big, veteran defenseman, signing former NHL All-Star Mike Komisarek to a one-year, $700,000 free-agent deal.

The Canes also finalized a one-year, $800,000 deal with goalie Anton Khudobin, who played last season with the Boston Bruins.

Komisarek, 31, played the past four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs but has been slowed by injuries and played just four games for the Leafs this past season. He played in the 2009 NHL All-Star game and offers size on the blue line at 6-4 and 235 pounds.

"We added a defenseman today that we set out to," Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday. "This is an important piece to our defense group. We added a guy with size who is physical. He's got great character and he's a good penalty killer. We're really pleased to add him to give us a more balanced defense."

Rutherford, Canes gear up for free agency

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Like all other NHL teams, the Canes are treating the Fourth of July as a work day -- and an important one, at that.

Free agency begins Friday. Decisions loom. The Canes will have six players who will become unrestricted free agents, including forward Chad LaRose, one of the few remaining members of the Canes' 2006 Stanley Cup run.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday he's not sure how active the Canes will be on Friday. Rutherford and other GMs could wait until after the initial signing flurry and see what's available and what makes sense, both financially and from a roster standpoint.

"It's hard to say," Rutherford said. "We were working yesterday and will continue to work today, looking at different options -- what our projections are and what the possibilities are. The options range from free agency to a trade to continuing on the path we're on now."

Canes make qualifying offers to 5 RFAs

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The Canes on Tuesday made some personnel contract decisions, extending qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, Riley Nash and Jared Staal, and defenseman Michal Jordan.

The Canes elected not to make qualifying offers to six restricted free agents: forwards Andreas Nodl, AJ Jenks, Luke Pither; defensemen Joe Sova and Justin Krueger, and goalie John Muse. All now will become unrestricted free agents on Friday.

General manager Jim Rutherford said forwards Tim Wallace and Jerome Samson, due to become unrestricted free agents Friday, would test free agency.

Pesce selection creates a stir at draft

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NEWARK -- The shrieks could be heard all over the Prudential Center.

"That was probably just my mom," Brett Pesce said, smiling.

It's just that the selection of one of the "locals" in the NHL Entry Draft caused quite a stir from the 20 or 25 friends and family that Pesce had on hand in the stands. The Canes made Pesce, from Tarrytown, N.Y., their third-round selection, 66th overall, picking up a defenseman who will be entering his sophomore season at New Hampshire next fall.

"I'm trying not to look too far into the future, just take it step by step," he said of his plans.

Canes deal for Sekera, send McBain to Buffalo

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NEWARK -- The Carolina Hurricanes did trade for a veteran defenseman Sunday, after all.

Although the Canes used their first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft to select Swedish forward Elias Lindholm, they traded their second-round pick -- No. 35 overall -- and defenseman Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Andrej Sekera.

Sekera, 27, was a third-round pick by the Sabres in 2004. A native of Slovakia, he has played 339 regular-season games for Buffalo.

"We're really pleased to get Sekera," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "We feel very comfortable with him in our top four. He can play top-four minutes, he's a good player.

Canes take Swedish forward Lindholm

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NEWARK -- The Carolina Hurricanes did use the No. 5 pick in the NHL Entry Draft Sunday -- there was not a last-second trade for a defenseman -- and did take a forward, center Elias Lindholm of Sweden.

Lindholm played for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League last season and has one year left on his contract with the Swedish team. But his goal is to be in the NHL next season, in the Canes' lineup.

"I don't know. We'll see," he said, smiling. "You never know.

"I have one year left and my plans were to stay (in Sweden) but you never know. I haven't talked to them about leaving and playing in the NHL next year."

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Lindholm has a provision in his contract with Brynas that would release him from the final year if he makes the Canes roster. There would be no contract buyout by Carolina.