The Carolina Hurricanes sent two familiar faces packing from training camp on Monday, releasing Chad LaRose from his professional tryout while waiving Zach Boychuk for the purpose of assigning him to AHL Charlotte.
LaRose, 32, rejoined the ‘Canes this year after taking a hockey sabbatical in 2013-14. The speedy veteran — who’d spent his entire eight-year career with Carolina — returned to the ice this fall after saying he “fell out of love” with hockey, and inked a contract with the Checkers, where he’ll likely end up (assuming he doesn’t take another hiatus.)
As for Boychuk, he’s once again on waivers — a familiar spot for him. The 25-year-old, Carolina’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, went from Pittsburgh to Nashville and then back to the ‘Canes during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, all via the waiver wire.
Boychuk appeared in 11 games for Carolina last season, registering just four points, but was a dynamic scorer at the AHL level, scoring 36 goals and 74 points in 69 games for the Checkers.