NHL free agency began Friday at noon, and the Canes quickly were in the thick of it, signing goaltender Brian Boucher and center Tim Brent to two-year contracts while losing forward Erik Cole to the Montreal Canadiens.
Boucher, who was the backup goalie for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, will receive a total of $1.9 million. Brent's two-year deal is worth $1.5 million.
The Canes also have re-signed forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year deal worth $525,000.
"We accomplished most things today," Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Unfortunately we were not able to keep Erik Cole. ... We were able to get our backup goalie and our fourth-line center, the ones we were hoping to get."