3 Carolina Hurricanes Not Expected Back Next Season

The Carolina Hurricanes ran into the hottest team in hockey and were sent packing. The Florida Panthers were too much for the 'Canes and now it's time to reflect on what was a disappointing outcome in Carolina after a very successful regular season. Changes are on the way, here's three Hurricanes players not expected back in 2023-24:

Shayne Gostisbehere

When the 'Canes acquired Gostisbehere it was to make an impact offensively and unfortunately that wasn't the case. The mobile defenseman was not a factor at all during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, recording only three assists in 15 games. Look for the team to part ways this summer as Gostisbehere will hit the open market on July 1.

Frederik Andersen

The Hurricanes have Pyotr Kochetkov under contract long term and are expected to give the 23-year-old netminder more minutes next season. Frederik Andersen is a pending unrestricted free agent and is expected to hit the open market. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings will all have interest. Anti Raanta is also a pending free agent and is more likely to return to Carolina than Andersen. 

Paul Stastny 

When the Hurricanes signed Stastny late into last summer it was to bring in a veteran presence and someone who could chip in with offense. What followed was 22 points in 73 games and another four goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At 37 years old Stastny is certainly deep into the back nine of his career. Stastny may not be done playing just yet, however it's likely the Hurricanes move in a different direction next season.

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