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“We could stop now and I could feel pretty comfortable going into camp and the start of the year. But now is the time where some funny things happen. Certain players kind of become available because the first month of free agency has almost gone by. Sometimes there are some veterans that may make some sense to give you some depth or that have won somewhere else.

“It gets to the point where it’s musical chairs. If a player doesn’t jump in and grab one of those chairs by the time the season starts, there may not be a chair left. Some of these players are going to have to take a lower salary than they thought, so there may be a player who pops up that we like and can fit in.”

-Canes GM Jimmy Rutherford.  More on Carolina from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com.

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Aaron Ward A Cane Again

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Aaron Ward from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Patrick Eaves and a fourth-round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

“With this trade, our defense really takes shape,” said Rutherford. “Aaron played very well during his time in Carolina and had maintained that consistency with New York and Boston. We envision him complementing Joni Pitkanen well as a defensive pairing.”

added 11:42am, via the Boston Bruins,

The Boston Bruins have traded Aaron Ward to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2010 draft pick and Patrick Eaves. Eaves is on waivers.

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Ruutu Agrees To Terms With Canes

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 Tuomo Ruutu on a three-year contract. Under the terms of the deal, Ruutu will be paid $3 million in 2009-10, $4 million in 2010-11 and $4.4 million in 2011-12.

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Hurricanes Sign Kostopoulos

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 right wing Tom Kostopoulos on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Kostopoulos $700,000 in 2009-10, $950,000 in 2010-11 and $1.1 million in 2011-12.

“Tom is a character player who adds grit to our lineup,” said Rutherford. “He is a strong penalty killer and plays a high-energy game that will fit our team’s style of play.”

note:  How nice is it that the Canes actually released the salary structure?  Too bad the majority of teams do not do this.

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LaRose Signs With Canes

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

Canes forward Chad LaRose has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million next year and $1.9 million in the second season, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.

continued

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Rutherford Still Chasing LaRose

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.”

continued

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LaRose No Longer In Canes Plans

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…

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Erik Cole to Re-Sign with Carolina, 2 Year Deal

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.

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Canes Re-sign Jokinen

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.”

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Canes Trying To Sign Cole & LaRose

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..

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