Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis stated that Chad LaRose, a former forward with the franchise, has expressed interest in returning to the team after not playing during the 2013-14 campaign. LaRose is currently a free agent.
The Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour has remained in contact with LaRose. LaRose reached out to Brind’Amour and asked if he could be given the opportunity to sit with management and discuss his possible return to the ice.
Francis said he does want to sit down and speak with LaRose about the situation. “He took a year off and obviously he’d need to earn his way back,” Francis said. “There are some options. We could get him to camp on a tryout. He could start the season in Charlotte, show that he could still do it.”
LaRose played eight seasons with the Hurricanes; playing 508 regular season games and 39 playoff games. He brought a high level of energy to the ice, however despite his success in past years, he played pretty badly during the shortened 2012-13 season. LaRose skipped his end of year exit meeting after the terrible season and upset management in doing so. He was then not re-signed and entered free agency. Unfortunately no NHL team signed him and he chose not to play overseas. The only other thing to do was sit a year out and see where his career path would lead him.
A year later, LaRose will be lucky to have the opportunity to sit down with Francis and speak about a potential opportunity with the club.
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