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  1. I WANT to believe that it was the cousin that did the assault and Patrick Kane was just guilty by association. Seems like an idiotic move for someone of his stature, regardless of what was in his system.
  2. Pretty poor write-up by NHL.com. So, did we pick at #11 or #63 at the '06 draft? We actually picked at #63 in '06, we had pick #11 at the '07 draft and used it on Brandon Sutter. They seem certain that Boychuk suited up for the Hurricanes towards the end of the regular season, as opposed to the start of the regular season. I'm sure there are more, but those were the two that really stood out and I have to question just how qualified some of these columnists are.
  3. The lowest salary of any defenseman close to him in the goal category this past season was $4.1 million, so Babchuk IS worth more than $1.2 million. I just hope that Rutherford gets some type of asset in return for him, whether it be a draft pick or prospect.
  4. Only issue with Afinogenov is that he hasn't played over 80 games in a season since the '01-'02 season and hasn't played over 70 games in a season since the '05-'06 season. He has missed significant time in each of the last three years, with two groin injuries and a broken wrist. The groin injury is especially concerning as it has cost him over forty games in the last two years.
  5. Next season, we currently have about $37 million committed to twelve forwards and four defensemen. With the current depth chart on the website as a template, here are the potential holes for the '10-'11 season: ??? / Staal / Cole Samsonov / ??? / Ruutu LaRose / Jokinen / ??? ??? / Brind'Amour / Kostopoulos -Bowman, Boychuk, Dwyer, Sutter Gleason / ??? Pitkanen / ??? ??? / Alberts -McBain Ward would need to be first priority, hopefully his contract will be taken care of this offseason. After that, I would expect to see Cullen re-signed to center the second-line. On defense, set Gleason and Pitkanen as the top-pair. Re-sign Ward to an affordable contract, if he still wants to play, to anchor the second-pair with either Carson or McBain. Whichever doesn't earn a spot on the second-pair can fill out the third-pair beside Alberts. With those moves made, unless he over-pays for somebody, Rutherford should still have enough room to make a move for Frolov to fill out that spot on the top-line.
  6. Agreed. If Frolov doesn't re-sign in Los Angeles, I fully expect that he'll be a Hurricane sometime in the next calender year. Rutherford wanted to acquire him as part of the Jack Johnson deal, as well as straight-up for Erik Cole before he was denied by the Kings' general manager both times.
  7. I've heard that he wanted a one-year deal at $5 million, but I've also heard that he wanted a multi-year deal while all teams would offer was a one-year deal. He may still be out of the realm of possibility with the self-imposed salary cap, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to explore that option. Maybe make a one-year contract offer at $3.5 to $4 million. If he doesn't work out we can deal him at the deadline or walk away next offseason. However, if it does work out, we can use some of the available salary next offseason to lock him into a long-term deal.
  8. The last piece that could really take this team from "solid" to "Cup contender", in my opinion, is Alex Tanguay. It will take a Kaberle buyout and a slight increase in the self-imposed budget, but I think Tanguay would fall under the "player to make an exception for" umbrella. He's style of play is similar to Stillman's, which is why I think he'd be the perfect fit on the first-line with Cole and Staal. Tanguay may also be desperate enough at this point to take a pay-cut from his earlier rumored demands.
  9. I would've been more on board for a $3 million, $3.5 million, and $4 million escalator contract.
  10. Nice deal, if he can stay healthy over the duration of the contract.
  11. You also have to consider that Zherdev would present the same type of contract issues that Babchuk has. The KHL will always be an option if he doesn't like it here and he has already worked his way out of one small-market team (Columbus).
  12. Well, that's a shame. I still think Murphy will be in the ECHL next season, it's the best possible "next step" for his style of play.
  13. I could see a scenario where Manzato returns to Switzerland, David Leggio (who spent last season as the #1 goaltender for the Florida Everblades) could be given the opportunity to back-up Peters in Albany, and Murphy would be the #1 goaltender for the Everblades.
  14. Sounds like another writer that doesn't understand the self-imposed budget that Carolina operates with. Rozsival is set to earn $6 million this season, the same salary as Eric Staal. After that, he is due $4 million the next season and $3 million the season after that. Unless Rutherford wants to inflate the eventual contract demands of players like Corvo, Gleason, and Pitkanen, he'll stay away from Rozsival.
  15. In the case of Babchuk for Anisimov, you just have to ask yourself when was the last time Rutherford traded for a prospect? Any deal I can remember in recent years has always resulted in a player with NHL experience headed back to Carolina. I'll also add that Eaves and Kaberle isn't nearly enough to net Ehrhoff.
  16. IF this is the top-four, I would switch Corvo and Pitkanen. That way, Gleason can help cover up for Corvo and Pitkanen can help cover up for Alberts. To put Alberts and Corvo on the ice together is just too much of a risk to take.
  17. Yeah, forgot about re-signing Ruutu. If Kaberle is bought out and Ruutu is re-signed at $3.5 million a year, that puts the team's salary at $49,325,000. There should still be enough room there to acquire and sign Methot to an extended contract. He could likely be signed at $1 to $1.5 million.
  18. The more I look at the roster as it currently sits, the less I see the need to include a forward in any potential trade. Right now, the roster looks like this: Whitney / Staal / Cole Samsonov / Cullen / Ruutu LaRose / Jokinen / Walker Eaves / Brind'Amour / Kostopoulos -Conboy Gleason / Corvo Pitkanen / Kaberle Wallin / Alberts -Harrison Ward Leighton '09-'10 Salary - $47,325,000 If Kaberle is bought out, you can take $1.5 million away from that '09-'10 salary and the team is well below Karmanos' self-imposed budget. A potential trade that would fit Rutherford's style would be Babchuk to Columbus, straight up, for Marc Methot. Methot is a solid, all-around defenseman in the mold of Gleason and his best hockey is still years ahead of him. Methot could slot in beside either Corvo or Pitkanen on the second-pair.
  19. I just think Sutter would be better served to have a full year in Albany as their #1 center instead of another year as a sporadically-played fourth-liner here in Carolina.
  20. The best possible situation for this franchise to be in is one where they aren't forced to have one of their top prospects play in the NHL this season. Let players like Bowman, Boychuk, McBain, and Sutter have a year in the AHL to mature and build chemistry with one another. Allow them to prove they can contribute consistently at the AHL level before you start to load NHL responsibility onto their shoulders. Babchuk, Eaves, and whatever else Rutherford wants to deal should strictly be used to clear cap space and acquire another defenseman.
  21. If they want to keep the line-up like it was late last year, the top-six would look like this: Ruutu / Staal / Cole Whitney / Cullen / LaRose Outside of that, there is alot of flexibility. If you want one particular player that could replace Samsonov's spot in the line-up, I'll give you Jokinen. With Samsonov traded, the bottom-six would look like this: Jokinen / Brind'Amour / Walker Eaves / Ryan / Kostopoulos The additional forward would be either Conboy or Dwyer. Samsonov isn't any more essential to the Hurricanes' line-up than anyone else that Rutherford has moved in the past to make the team better. Babchuk and Samsonov could command a MUCH better return than Babchuk and Eaves.
  22. Surprised nobody has mentioned Samsonov as a potential piece of a trade. Atleast with Eaves, he can supply grit and kill penalties when he doesn't score. Samsonov, however, is essentially invisible when he doesn't score. Also add to the fact that Samsonov takes nearly double the salary off of the books for next season and he starts to look a little more expendable. Samsonov also has additional value as he could be a legitimate top-six forward for a few teams out there.
  23. If Brind'Amour is THAT bad in camp, I would expect to see him retire before the season starts so they wouldn't have to deal with that situation.
  24. I'd like to see Rutherford take another chance and not take the safe route this offseason. You would think that the recent acquisitions and successes of players like Samsonov, Ruutu, Pitkanen, and Jokinen would be enough to convince Rutherford that it isn't always bad to look outside of the organization for help. I say this because the one player that is still on the market that I think would be the perfect fit here is Alex Tanguay. He could really fill the void on the top-line that has never really been filled since Stillman was traded. I know it won't happen and can't happen, because of past contracts that Rutherford has handcuffed this organization with, but I really like the look of this potential line-up: Tanguay / Staal / Cole Whitney / Cullen / Ruutu Samsonov / Jokinen / LaRose Eaves / Brind'Amour / Walker
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