Hurricanes losses to free agency ‘hard to watch,’ Brind’Amour says as they!..

The Carolina Hurricanes will have a different look this season after losing several key players to free agency, but coach Rod Brind’Amour is moving forward.


Carolina has experienced drastic change in the past two weeks, including the departures of forwards Jake Guentzel (Tampa Bay Lightning), Teuvo Teravainen (Chicago Blackhawks) and Stefan Noesen (New Jersey Devils), and defensemen Brady Skjei (Nashville Predators) and Brett Pesce (Devils), the team’s second pairing for more than four seasons.


“You get attached to the guys, especially when we’ve had them [for a long time],” Brind’Amour said during the team’s development camp Wednesday. “It was hard, I’ll be honest. It was hard to watch guys walk out of here. I understand it. It’s a business. They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. But it’s also exciting because you get a whole new group of guys coming in, and maybe some of these young guys will crack the lineup and you get to watch them grow. It’s just the evolution of it.


“I had a lot of tough [phone] calls this summer. I haven’t really had too many of those. We have good players and teams will pay them. We can’t pay everybody. That’s just how it goes unfortunately. I love those guys, I wish them the best. I’m just excited for the new guys coming that are excited to be here and get their game going.”


The Hurricanes re-signed two pending unrestricted free agents to three-year contracts, forwards Jordan Martinook ($3.05 million average annual value), and Jalen Chatfield ($3 million AAV). They also signed top defenseman Jaccob Slavin to an eight-year, $51.69 million contract ($6.46 million AAV) that begins in the 2025-26 season. To help soften the blow following the departures of Skjei and Pesce, Carolina signed free agent defensemen Sean Walker (three years, $3.6 million AAV) and Shayne Gostisbehere (three years, $3.2 million AAV).

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