The Hurricanes told C Keith Primeau to accept their two-year, $6 million contract offer by today or sit out the season, team owner Peter Karmanos said.
Primeau, who had 30 goals and 62 points as Carolina's captain last year, is a restricted free agent who hasn't played for anyone this season.
The Hurricanes set the deadline on their offer last week in a letter to Primeau after months of negotiations. Primeau's most recent demand, which Karmanos rejected, was for four years and $17 million.
"We've told them that if we don't hear from them by [today] we're rescinding the offer and not trying to trade him," Karmanos said.
Don Reynolds, who represents Primeau, said he still hopes Carolina will trade his client, although the team said it won't. Primeau, who made $2 million last season, will allow the deadline to pass.
"Keith is prepared to sit out until next season," Reynolds said. "If it's the year after that, that's okay, too. The team assumes he's never coming back."
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