by Will BrinsonKen Lucas he declined to leave
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And today, he's officially gone; Carolina cut him from the team's roster.
"Ken Lucas has been a very valuable player for us over the last four years and played an important role on two playoff teams during that span. Ken is a true pro and we wish him the very best," general manager Marty Hurney said in a release issued by the team. "This year, we have re-signed some veteran players and this move means some younger players will have an opportunity to step up."