No decisions have yet been made for next year on veterans Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
Rutherford said he has met individually with both forwards since the team's exit interviews and will meet with them again next month. Whitney is playing with Team Canada in the World Championships in Germany.
"We wanted to give everybody a little more time to get away from the regular season and let things settle down," Rutherford said.
Brind'Amour, who turns 40 in August, has a year remaining on his contract and is due to be paid $3 million next season, but may be considering retirement. The Canes have the option of buying out the contract for $2 million.
Whitney, 38, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1, but Rutherford said he hopes an agreement can be reached to keep the winger with the Hurricanes.
"He'd like to stay and in our initial (one-on-one) meeting we came to the conclusion we'd like him to stay," Rutherford said. "We are trying to make the team younger and at some point he does want to win again. But at the end of the meeting he made it clear that ideally he'd like to stay.
"Now we have to get down to how the contract fits."