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from Adam Harris of WRAL,
“He’s still in the free agent market, and testing it. And we have not done anything to add a player in his position.”
Jim Rutherford’s conversation with The Insiders on Thursday began with those comments on the status of unrestricted free agent Chad LaRose. The Hurricanes were vocal about their hopes to sign LaRose before the open signing period began on Wednesday at noon.
“We’re hoping to re-sign Chad,” continued the Canes GM. “If we can do that, I think everybody will be happy.”
via Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday night that it now appears unlikely free agent forward Chad LaRose would be signed to a new contract.
“It’s not going to happen,” Rutherford said Wednesday night. “I informed (Morris) that we had another deal we were working on, that I was giving him a courtesy call. He said he would run everything by Chad and call back in an hour. I waited but they never called back.
“Obviously they have a deal somewhere else. So we’re working on signing another free agent. It’s time to move on.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reporting that Erik Cole is in the process of working out a 2 year deal to re-sign with the Hurricanes.
Details to be added later.
Update 4:08pm ET: TSN—
The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed veteran winger Erik Cole to a two-year deal.
Cole, 30, struggled early in the season after getting traded to Edmonton, then rebounded late last season, scoring 15 points in 17 games after returning to the Hurricanes, giving him a total of 42 points and an even rating in 80 games.
Update 5:02pm ET: Per Darren Dreger, the deal is 2 years, $2.8 million and 3 million.
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Jussi Jokinen on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Jokinen $1.5 million in 2009-10 and $1.9 million in 2010-11.
“Jussi was a good addition to our team last season, and he really stepped into his role in the playoffs,” said Rutherford. “His ability to contribute on the power play and penalty kill, and his versatility at different forward positions makes him a valuable player.”
from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Based on what was said at the conclusion of the season, it seemed as though Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, the team’s top two internal priorities, would be back in the fold with time to spare. However, there is still some considerable ground to make up before that happens.
“It doesn’t look like it now,” said Rutherford when asked if he expected to sign Cole and LaRose before they can shop their services freely to other teams. “We’re not making a lot of progress with any guys at this point. I do have some meetings set up this week, so I’ll have a better idea when I get back to the office on Monday as to where we are on these contracts.”
Although those players could still be signed by Carolina after July 1, Rutherford said that he viewed that day as a hard deadline, making it unlikely that those players would return if talks don’t move forward rather quickly..
from the News & Observer,
An announcement on the Hurricanes’ coaching staff could be made in the next few days, general manager Jim Rutherford said today, and it is expected the staff will remain intact.
Rutherford met last week with team owner Pater Karmanos, Jr., in Detroit.
“We’d like to keep everything together and the way it was at the end,” Rutherford said of the staff.
from the News & Observer,
Hurricanes captain Rod Brind’Amour said today that he had no plans to retire after 20 years in the NHL and would return next season.
“I made a commitment a while ago to play and I’ve got a contract to play it out,” he said today. “So it’s definitely what the plan is.
“Personally you have to believe in yourself. I would not play the game if I did not think I could still do it. And not just as a fourth-line player. My goal is to get back and contribute with this team as I feel like I can.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Going into the playoffs, it looked like the Hurricanes would try to re-sign Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Babchuk and allow Chad LaRose and Dennis Seidenberg to leave.
Now, no one would hold it against the Hurricanes if they decided the money pigeonholed for Cole, who has now gone 31 playoff games without a goal, was better spent keepingLaRose and Jokinen. (Ruuturemains a no-brainer.)
Deciding what to do about a player after a poor postseason is better than no postseason at all.
And then there’s the issue of who coaches this team next season, Maurice or Ron Francis.
The ultra-superstitious Crosby and his teammates surprised a lot of people by handling the Prince of Wales Trophy after NHL executive Bill Daly presented it to them following their victory in Game 4.
Crosby made the decision to not only have his photo taken with the trophy, but to lift it, after a brief post-game consultation with veteran Bill Guerin.
“We didn’t touch the trophy last year, and obviously we didn’t have the result we wanted,” Crosby said. “We figured we’d touch it this year although we haven’t accomplished exactly what we want, we still accomplished something here. You know, we can still enjoy it.
“It doesn’t mean that we think we’re finished, by any means, but we can still enjoy it. You know, we just wanted to change things up, and we didn’t touch it last year. Might as well grab it and get a picture with it and move on and go after the one we really want.”
more on the game…
added 7:39am, from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Well, thank goodness for Sidney Crosby.
The Kid ended (hopefully) one of the truly moronic semi-traditions in hockey Tuesday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins clinched the Eastern Conference crown by sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes.
In recent years, team after team had declined even to touch the trophies for winning the Eastern or Western Conference, with the silly excuse being “that wasn’t the trophy they wanted” in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Marc-Andre Fleury was very solid in goal, Penguins scored a late empty-netter to put a lid on the series.
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