Carolina Hurricanes Bringing Back Veteran Forward

The Carolina Hurricanes are trying to create some internal competition for training camp as the team has agreed to bring back veteran forward Derek Stepan on a professional tryout agreement.

The 32-year-old was an unrestricted free agent this summer, however had yet to sign on with another team. Stepan spent last season as a member of the Hurricanes, appearing in 58 games, recording 19 points.

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Stepan has appeared in 817 career NHL games, accumulating 177 goals, 327 assists for 504 points. The grizzled vet also has played in 109 Stanley Cup Playoff games and should expect to see some more of the postseason should he make the Hurricanes roster. With Max Pacioretty out for at least six months, Stepan should be given every chance to make Carolina in a bottom six role.

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