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Primeau Won’t Play for Carolina

October 26, 1999

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Keith Primeau will not play again for the Carolina Hurricanes, and plans to join the Canadian national hockey team.

Don and Todd Reynolds has told The News & Observer of Raleigh that Primeau will put his house in Cary up for sale and move to Canada with his wife and four children.

``The Hurricanes have dictated that Keith Primeau will not be playing for the team for one cent more than $3 million a year, and that is totally unacceptable,″ Todd Reynolds said.

He said Primeau will join the Canadian team ``at a convenient time.″ The national team competes in international events, such as the Olympics and World Championships. National team players are not paid.

``If (Hurricanes general manager) Jim Rutherford has any business sense, he’ll offer Keith Primeau in a trade,″ Todd Reynolds said. ``Keith will not play again in Carolina.″

Rutherford confirmed that he spoke Monday with Don Reynolds and reiterated that the team would not increase its two-year, $6 million offer.

``Keith’s wish is not to play here again, and our wish is that he does play here, and we will stick to our position that we won’t trade him,″ Rutherford said.

Primeau, 27, a restricted free agent center, could only play for another NHL team if he signed an offer sheet with that club or the Hurricanes traded him.

Rutherford has said that if Primeau signs an offer sheet with another NHL team, the team would match it. But Primeau has received no offer sheet since becoming a restricted free agent July 1.

Primeau rejected a five-year, $20 million offer last summer because the deal would have taken him one year past when he could be unrestricted. Then he turned down a two-year, $7 million deal. When he rejected that offer, the Canes stripped him of his team captaincy and reduced the offer to two years for $6 million.

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