Carolina Hurricanes Parting Ways With Max Comtois

Max Comtois will be hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, as the Carolina Hurricanes have elected not to send him a qualifying offer. 

After posting 19 goals and 44 points in 65 games with the Chicago Wolves during the 2023-24 season, the Hurricanes signed Comtois for the remainder of the season. He appeared in one regular season for the Hurricanes following the signing, where he had an assist. He also suited up in one playoff game for Carolina, where he sported a minus-1 rating. 

With Comtois having past success in the NHL, it seemed possible that the Hurricanes would give him another chance with them next season. However, they have instead elected to move on from him, and he will now look to find another home elsewhere.

Comtois could garner some interest in free agency as a depth forward, as he has had past success in the NHL. He notably posted 16 goals and 33 points in 55 games with the Anaheim Ducks back during the 2020-21 season, which made many believe that he could become a top-six forward. However, since then, he has struggled to replicate that kind of offense.

At just 25 years old, there is a reason to believe that Comtois could get his game back on track and be a decent bottom-six guy. It will be interesting to see where the 6-foot-2 winger ends up landing from here.

photo credit: © Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports