The Canes assigned 12 players Thursday to the Charlotte Checkers, their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. The Hurricanes’ training-camp roster now stands at 24 players.
Sent to Charlotte were forwards Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Jerome Samson, Chris Durno, Jon Matsumoto, Brett Sutter and Chris Terry; defensemen Justin Krueger, Bobby Sanguinetti and Mathieu Roy; and goalies Justin Peters and Mike Murphy.
Among those still in camp are center Riley Nash, and defensemen Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk.
Zac Dalpe and Jiri Tlusty appeared to have won open roster spots among the top 12 forwards. Canes coach Paul Maurice noted Tlusty, who had offseason shoulder surgery, has played "at a man's level, an NHL man's level" without any dips in his performance throughout a "great" camp.
Tuomo Ruutu returned to practice today and was back at center with Jeff Skinner and Jussi Jokinen on the wings. Skinner was used at center Wednesday in the 3-1 loss in Winnipeg.
Maurice said Ruutu, who was sidelined with a lower-body injury, would not play in both the Columbus game Friday or Saturday against Nashville. That allowed Nash to stay.
"He had a good camp (and) made incredible progress from last season," Maurice said of Nash, who played his first professional season with the Checkers. "We look at him as a player who will play games for us this year."
Maurice said no decision had yet been made on Murphy staying with the team beyond training camp. The Canes' first-round draft pick could play as many as nine games for Carolina before a decision was made to either keep him and pay him an NHL salary or send him back to the Kitchener Rangers (OHL).
Maurice said defensive improvement still must be made but said Jay Harrison has had a strong camp and that Faulk came in "kind of out of nowhere" to put himself into the mix on the back end.
Maurice said the Canes likely would carry 21 or 22 players early in the regular season.
Maurice said Cam Ward would start in goal against Columbus and then a decision made on Nashville. "If (Ward) feels he needs another one, then he'll go again," Maurice said, adding Ward and Brian Boucher could split the Nashville game.
Forward Anthony Stewart traveled with the team to Winnipeg but quickly returned to Raleigh for the birth of his son, Mason Anthony Stewart.