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May 25, 2016 | 9:20am ET
Hurricanes could have busy summer

Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis is expecting to have an active off-season as he looks to retool and reshape his roster for the 2016-17 campaign.

Francis told the Raleigh News & Observer "it's going to be an interesting summer" and is likely to pursue a variety of trade and free agent options come late-June and early-July.

The Hurricanes are expected to go after at least one top-six forward and a top-four defenseman this summer, either via trade or the free agent market, but goaltender is a big question for the club moving forward.

Francis and his staff are expected to explore the marketplace on goaltenders, including the possibility of re-signing veteran Cam Ward.

Ward, 32, can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"We're still looking at (re-signing him)," Francis told the News & Observer. "We plan to meet in early June to see where we're at."

If the Hurricanes decide not to re-sign Ward, they could go after a free agent goalie like James Reimer, or dip into the trade waters, as several goalies are expected to be available for trade, including Anaheim's Frederik Andersen, Dallas' Kari Lehtonen, the New York Islanders' Jaroslav Halak and Detroit's Jimmy Howard, among others.

Meanwhile, Francis has submitted a contract offer to center Victor Rask, telling the News & Observer the deal is similar to the two-year, $5.4 million contract forward Elias Lindholm signed last summer.


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