Stempniak (hip) will miss the next 10-to-14 days.
Hurricanes head coach said on Tuesday that it will be 10 days to two weeks before Stempniak can play. The veteran winger missed some time during the preseason with a sore hip and his injury opens the door for Janne Kuokkanen to start the year with the Hurricanes.
Stempniak is day-to-day with back and hip soreness.
Stempniak underwent an MRI last week, but the Hurricanes have not released a statement regarding his injury status. The veteran winger’s status for the season opener remains up in the air, but his injury opens the door for this summer’s No.12 overall pick (Martin Necas) to start the season in the NHL.
The Hurricanes signed Martin Necas to a three-year, entry-level contract on July 14th.
The Hurricanes re-signed Jaccob Slavin to a seven-year extension worth $37.1M ($5.3M AAV).
The Hurricanes have acquired Marcus Kruger from the Golden Knights for a 2018 5th round pick.
The Hurricanes signed Brenden Kichton to a one-year deal worth $700K.
The Hurricanes have signed Dennis Robertson to a one-year, two-way deal.
The Hurricanes have signed Jeremy Smith to a one-year, $750K contract.
The Hurricanes have signed Josh Jooris to a one-year deal worth $775K.
After two years in Calgary, Jooris split his 2016-17 season between the Rangers and Coyotes, where he had four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 54 games. Jooris is a hard-working forward that plays all three forward positions, but has posted limited offensive numbers in his brief three-year NHL career.
The Hurricanes have signed Justin Williams to a two-year deal worth $9.0M ($4.5M AAV).
Williams was in Carolina from 2004 until his was traded to Los Angeles midway through the 2009 season. Since then, he has posted 20-plus goals in four of seven full 82-game seasons, while posting 40-plus points in six of seven. Williams helps add depth and playoff experience to the wing of a young Carolina team that has playoff aspirations in 2017-18.
The Hurricanes acquired Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 6th round pick from the Flames for Eddie Lack, Ryan Murphy and a 2019 7th round pick.
Kanzig, 22, was a third round pick in 2013 (No.67 overall) but has struggled since turning pro in 2015-16. The 6-foot-6, 245 lbs. defenseman has appeared in just nine AHL games so far and spent the majority of last season in the ECHL, where he had just five points (1G / 4A) in 40 contests.
The Hurricanes re-signed Philip Samuelsson to a one-year extension worth $650K.
Samuelsson, 25, was a second round pick (No.61 overall) in 2009 but has bounced around a bit and has only appeared in a combined 13 NHL games. After being acquired from the Canadiens, Samuelsson had 14 points (3G / 11A) in 25 games with the Charlotte Checkers, finishing the season with 19 points (4G / 15A) in 65 AHL contests.
The Hurricanes have signed Jake Chelios to a one-year extension worth $650K.
Chelios, 26, has not played in an NHL games since turning pro in 2013-14. Chelios has posted strong numbers with Charlotte (AHL) over the last two seasons, scoring 11 goals and 52 assists (63 points) in a combined 149 games.
The Hurricanes have signed Patrick Brown to a one-year deal worth $650K.
Brown spent the majority of 2016-17 with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), where he had 12 goals and 16 assists (28 points) in 66 games. The 25-year-old also skated in 14 NHL games and has now recorded two points (1G / 1A) in 28 career NHL games.
The Hurricanes signed Trevor Carrick to a one-year, two-way deal worth $670K.
Carrick, 22, was a fourth round pick in 2012 and never made it to the NHL in 2016-17. The Canadian blueliner had 16 points (4G / 12A) in 57 games with Charlotte (AHL) and will have a tough time cracking a talented blueline in Carolina.