The River Rats will face-off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins eight times this season. The first game is on November 18 at home.
From 2002 to 2008, Bayda bounced between the Carolina Hurricanes and the team's AHL affiliates in Lowell and Albany. He also spent a year with the Manitoba Moose in 2005-06.
Bayda played a total of 81 games with the River Rats between 2006 and 2008. He scored 39 goals and 37 assists while wearing an Albany uniform.
Bayda spent all of the 2008-09 season with Carolina, skating in 70 regular season games and 15 playoff contests.
Carolina added significant offensive depth during the offseason, reducing Bayda's chances of retaining a spot in the starting line-up.
This summer Bayda rejected a two-way offer from the the Canes in hopes of finding a one-way deal elsewhere.