With the regular season just two days away, the shape of the Carolina Hurricanes’ roster is becoming more clear.
On Sunday, the team announced that defenseman Dylan Coghlan had been placed on waivers, ending his time in Raleigh. Coghlan came to Carolina as part of the Max Pacioretty trade last offseason, appearing in just 17 contests.
With the plethora of depth on the blue line, there did not appear to be an avenue for Coghlan to find a spot in the lineup, especially after the additions of Dmitry Orlov and Tony DeAngelo this offseason.
After the release of Coghlan and free agent acquisition Caleb Jones, the Hurricanes could head into the regular season playing 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
On the prospect front, forward Ryan Suzuki is expected to be sidelined for ‘at least’ a week following an upper body injury suffered in Thursday’s preseason loss in Nashville. Rod Brind’Amour clarified that Suzuki was dealing with a shoulder injury and had been evaluated over the weekend.
The former first round pick had impressed during the preseason schedule, tallying two goals and an assist in four games. With the injury to Vasily Ponomarev and Jack Drury’s performance during the 2022-2023 campaign, the idea of Suzuki making the roster had become more and more of a possibility.
Now, as Carolina prepares to host Ottawa on Wednesday, Suzuki will remain sidelined, but he is currently still one of 29 Hurricanes remaining on the roster.
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