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The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Thursday evening that they have bought the final year of forward Patrick Marleau’s three-year contract, which carried a cap hit of $6.25 million, out. Marleau will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The #Canes have bought out Patrick Marleau
— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) June 27, 2019
The buyout of Marleau will cost the Hurricanes the entirety of his cap hit against their salary cap for next season only.
The Hurricanes acquired Marleau, a conditional first-round pick in 2020, and a seventh-round pick in 2020 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a sixth-round pick in 2020 on June 22. If the Maple Leafs’ first-round pick in 2020 is in the top-10, the Hurricanes get the Maple Leafs’ first-round pick in 2021.
Hurricanes GM Don Waddell said at the NHL Draft last weekend that the team would try to convince Marleau to join the club but he didn’t want to. There is some talk around the league that Marleau wants to go to the San Jose Sharks, where he spent the first 19 years of his career, for the final year of his playing career.
The Hurricanes, who acquired center Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, have $21,948,334 left in cap space with forward Sebastian Aho, who led them with 83 points during the regular season, set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Forward Brock McGinn (RFA), forward Michael Ferland (UFA), and goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney (each UFAs) are all in need of new contracts as well.
Marleau is free to sign with any team except the Hurricanes.
By Harrison Brown