Canes make two moves as the offseason winds down

Coming into the day, Hurricanes fans had an idea about who could fill the final roster spots on the team. But today, Ron Francis and the Canes made two moves, improving the team’s depth.

First, news broke that the Hurricanes had claimed forward Martin Frk (FIRK) off of waivers from Detroit. Frk, 23, was the 49th overall pick by Detroit in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 27 goals in the AHL last year.

With a few forwards still in Canes camp still fighting for a spot, Frk adds to the competition level. Frk joins guys such as Wallmark, Bickell, McClement, and Di Giuseppe in competition for the last couple forward spots. Frk will report to Raleigh, and will have to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL.

Just minutes about Frk being claimed, it was reported that the Hurricanes signed defenseman Jakub Nakladal to a one year contract. Nakladal, 28, played for the Czech Republic in the recent World Cup of Hockey. He also appeared in games for the Calgary Flames last season.

Nakladal is a solid defenseman who can move the puck. With Matt Tennyson in Charlotte, and Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk banged up, Nakladal will add solid depth to this team at the least. With the opening road trip the Canes face starting October 13th, it is likely that the team opts to carry seven or eight defenseman. As of now, it appears that Roland McKeown has the best chance to be the 6th defenseman in the opening night lineup. But Nakladal will, at the very least, be an extra body in the press box for the trip.

What these two moves do for this team are huge. General Manager Ron Francis continues to add to this team’s talent and depth. The additions of Frk and Nakladal help maximize the Hurricanes’ depth, while giving up nothing in return. The team also signed goalie Michael Leighton recently, presumably to start in the AHL.

The Hurricanes open their season on October 13th in Winnipeg.