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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The good news for Hurricanes fans is that while Rutherford has tied the Hurricanes to a bloated, underperforming roster full of long-term contracts (Exhibit A: Alexander Semin) and no-trade clauses (Exhibit B: Tuomo Ruutu), he can still swap horses with the best of them at times (Exhibit C: Jamie McBain and a draft pick for Andrej Sekera).
So let’s see what he can get for Jeff Skinner. Let’s see what he can get for Cam Ward. Let’s see what he can get for Ron Hainsey. Let’s see what he can get for Jiri Tlusty. Let’s see what he can get for Semin. Let’s see what he can get for Ruutu. Let’s see what he can get for Anton Khudobin, if he doesn’t sign an extension.
Other than Justin Faulk and Elias Lindholm, is there really anyone who’s truly irreplaceable? No, there isn’t, and that includes the previously untouchable Eric and Jordan Staal, because building around them hasn’t worked yet.
Some of those contracts (Semin, Ward and Ruutu in particular) may be too toxic for anyone to touch until the salary cap goes up over the summer, and almost all of the biggest names have no-trade clauses, but strange things can happen when teams panic at the deadline.
Update from George: No harm, no foul:
Max Pacioretty's Olympic hopes may have taken a late hit.
The Montreal Canadiens forward had to be helped off the ice in the first period of the team's Saturday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes after taking a hard hit.
Pacioretty went legs first into the post behind Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin and was taken immediately to the Canadiens locker room.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observre,
Since Khudobin returned from a lengthy injury of his own at the beginning of this month, the Carolina Hurricanes are 7-2-0 in the games he has started. In the two losses, they failed to score a goal. Among regular NHL starters, only two have a better save percentage than Khudobin’s .930, in a much smaller sample.
“Just play consistently, and every game, go there and try to get the win no matter what,” Khudobin said. “It’s always like this when you feel confidence in the guys and they feel confidence in the goalie, you put all those words together and you get the result.”
Even in those few appearances, Khudobin’s outstanding play has raised serious questions about the franchise’s future at the position. Is Khudobin, two years younger than Ward, a better long-term solution in goal? And does Ward’s contract, with a $6.3 million salary-cap hit through 2015-16, still make financial sense given his recent history of injuries and inconsistency?
It’s not a decision the Hurricanes have to make now, but it is one they have to start thinking about now. Khudobin will be a free agent this summer, and one of the most sought-after of the bunch if he continues to play like this.
Sweet move by Gerbe.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Jan. 21, 2014) – Tonight’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes at Wells Fargo Center, NHL Game No. 749, has been postponed due to the snow emergency declared in the city of Philadelphia.
A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
added 5:49pm, The game has been re-scheduled, see the release below...
“Being there last time and knowing what it takes to win a gold and feeling like I was a good contributor to the group and someone that brings it when it counts—especially the end—I wanted that opportunity again. But obviously they felt other guys were going better here.”
-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes on not being named to Team Canada. More from Chris Johnston of Sportnset.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (January 7, 2014) -- Tonight's game between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center, NHL Game No. 647, has been postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions in the Buffalo area.
A make-up date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Tim Gleason. The Hurricanes also receive the rights to defenseman Dennis Robertson from Toronto as part of the deal.
“John-Michael is a puck-moving defenseman who has demonstrated in his career that he can make a difference offensively from the blue line,” said Rutherford.
“Tim has been a valuable player and leader for the Hurricanes for a long time. We thank him for the contributions he has made to the team and the community and wish him all the best as his career continues.”
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right winger Kevin Westgarth from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Greg Nemisz.
Westgarth, a Princeton graduate, is in his fifth NHL season and has played in 12 games for the Hurricanes this year. He has played 133 career games with Los Angeles and Carolina accumulating three goals and six assists for nine points and 202 penalty minutes.a
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