As the NHL's free-agent market prepares to open next week, the Carolina Hurricanes still have some unfinished business with their restricted free agents.
At the NHL level, Chad LaRose and Dennis Seidenberg remain unsigned, although the Canes tendered both qualifying offers by today's 5 p.m. deadline to retain their rights — one-year contracts worth $550,000 for LaRose and $935,000 for Seidenberg.
They cannot be accepted until Tuesday, although players can start negotiating with other teams today. They can't be tendered an offer sheet until Tuesday as well.
(Tuomo Ruutu, who signed earlier this week, accepted a contract equal to what his qualifying offer would have been, $2.25 million.)
It's unlikely LaRose or Seidenberg would be the target of an offer sheet — Carolina's most attractive restricted free agent, defenseman Tim Gleason, signed a new four-year contract last week — so their negotiations will continue.
The Hurricanes also tendered offer sheets to a number of minor-league players — all except goalie Kevin Nastiuk, who is not being retained.