Hurricanes reduce training camp roster to 25 and mutually part ways with defenseman

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The Carolina Hurricanes, their preseason game schedule completed, have reduced their roster to 25 players, the team said Wednesday.

The roster moves include forwards Noel Gunler, Vasily Ponomarev, Jamieson Rees, Malte Stromwall and Tuukka Tieksola, defenseman Anttoni Honka and goaltenders Pyotr Kochetkov and Zach Sawchenko being sent to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Defenseman Griffin Mendel has been released from his amateur tryout contract and will return to Chicago, the Canes said.

Forwards Ryan Dzingel, Mackenzie MacEachern, Stelio Mattheos and Lane Pederson and defenseman Maxime Lajoie all have been placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to Chicago.

The Hurricanes agreed to mutually part ways with defenseman Grigorii Dronov. That move comes two days after Carolina signed Dronov, who has played in Russia’s KHL last season, to a one-year, two-way contract.

In another personnel move, forward Ryan Suzuki and defenseman Cavan Fitzgerald have been placed on the injured non-roster list.

The Hurricanes finished 4-1 in the preseason after a 4-2 loss Tuesday at Buffalo.