Greg McKegg didn’t file for arbitration before the deadline last week, but he’ll be playing for the Carolina Hurricanes organization anyway in 2018-19. The team has reached a one-year, two-way deal with the restricted free agent forward worth $715K at the NHL level according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.
McKegg, 26, played 26 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season before eventually being shipped to the Hurricanes for Josh Jooris. Adding McKegg made an immediate impact for the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate, scoring 23 points in 19 games for the Charlotte Checkers, a level of offensive production never really seen before in his career. They’ll hope that he can bring that same scoring touch next season if he doesn’t make the NHL squad.
Making that squad will be tough even after the team traded away some of their center depth in Elias Lindholm and Marcus Kruger, as the team will likely be adding Martin Necas, Andrei Svechnikov and Janne Kuokkanen to the forward group on a full-time basis. Even if that doesn’t happen for all three, McKegg will be at best a depth option for the team next season and should see time with the Checkers. He is waiver eligible, but after clearing last season for Pittsburgh it’s unlikely he would be claimed.