Metropolitan Notes: Hurricanes, Zucker, Jirichek

Metropolitan Notes: Hurricanes, Zucker, Jirichek

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell It was pointed out by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer As he expects to reach an agreement with the defense Maxime Lajoie Ahead of Tuesday’s arbitration hearing. The 24-year-old spent most of the season in the minors, so a new deal shouldn’t be difficult to come by. The bottom line is that if they reach a new deal, Carolina will soon have a second buyout window, and Waddell didn’t rule out the possibility of taking advantage, but noted that they could make things work without going that route. A player must make $4MM in this window and be eligible to buy into the Blueliner. Jake Gardiner – who missed last season with back and hip problems – will earn $4.05MM. He is cleared to return which makes him eligible to buy. Once the Lajoie deal is signed, the buying window opens three days later and lasts 48 hours.

More from The Metropolitan:

  • Penguin wings Jason Zucker He has recovered from a series of injuries in the second half of last season. Notes Jesse Pierce. It’s been a rough ride for the 30-year-old, who has 47 points in 94 games since being acquired by Pittsburgh before the 2020 trade deadline. Next season will be a contract year for Zucker and unless he can return to his form with Minnesota, he will be looking at a much cheaper deal next summer with an AAV of $5.5MM now.
  • Hope for the Blue Jackets David Jiracek He has been cleared to join Czechs for the upcoming World Juniors, the Hockey Federation announced (Twitter link). The 18-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 late last month and was unable to start the tournament with the rest of the team. Jiříček, the sixth-overall pick last month, will be the Czech’s main defenseman in this event and a strong performance could help him join Columbus for the upcoming season.


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