Carolina Hurricanes invite Jeff O'Neill to training camp

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The Carolina Hurricanes have invited Jeff O'Neill to their pre-season training camp as the former Canes forward tries to come back after taking a year off.

"In training camp the door is open for players to make the team," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News and Observer. "That's the opportunity we'll give him."

O'Neill retired from the NHL in 2007 after spending two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Jeff took a year off," Rutherford told the Observer. "When a player takes a year off, you need to see how he recovers."

While O'Neill has been invited to the camp, he has not signed a contract with the team.

"We have talked about a contract, but it makes sense for him to come to training camp for the tryout and then us talk about a contract," Rutherford said.

The 32-year-old was originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the first round of the 1994 entry draft. The Hurricanes dealt O'Neill to the Maple Leafs in 2005 after the death of his brother Donny.



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