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“I had one conversation with one GM - the same one I’ve had about five or six months now,” Rutherford said of his trip to Atlanta. “And it ended the same way it all ended.
“I would like to continue to work on trying to get more mobility on our defense. And that’s what we continue to work on but it’s not easy. You have to pay a high price if and when they are available.
“And if get them, they get into high-rent district on their salaries.”
Rutherford said the Canes will continue to see appealing defensemen come available and may look to address that in free agency in July.The trade deadline is Feb. 26.
“Our goaltending is fine, especially with Cam. He’s going to have a great career,” Rutherford said. “He’s still developing that mental toughness.
“Our goalies are left alone a lot, probably more than any team in the league, where the whole system breaks down.”
Other teams, he said, get too many free shots at the Canes’ goal.
“Our goalies have kind of been hung out to dry,” Rutherford said. “They need more help from the team.”
Rutherford said Carolina needs more quickness and speed on defense.
“Our team is still missing what we’ve talked about for quite some time,” he said. “On our defense, we’ve got to be more mobile.”
from the Denver Post,
The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.
Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.
more on the Avs…
from the Edmonton Journal,
Time and again, Jarret Stoll has had a stick snap in his hands. He’s switched manufacturers, tried different flexes, talked to the company representatives.
Now he might have reached his own breaking point. The shaft of another stick snapped in two on Thursday when Stoll took his turn during the marathon shootout session against the Washington Capitals. He was the seventh of 12 shooters the Edmonton Oilers deployed against goaltender Olaf Kolzig.
“It’s frustrating,” he said the morning after the Oilers had gained a point but lost 5-4 in the shootout. “Especially since I’ve switched and things were feeling good. ... Then all of a sudden it’s in your hand. In two pieces. It sucks. But we have to figure it out.
You know things are going right when Eric Staal scored his 3rd goal of the game against the Oilers, watch his stick snap on the goal…
If you’re in the market for a replica jersey, we highly suggest an Eric Staal #12. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, because Carolina GM Jim Rutherford makes it sound like everyone else is fair game in trade speculation.
read on and listen too…
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 12:34pm, Well, that didn’t take long…. via TSN Breaking News,
Sources tell TSN the Hurricanes have traded Craig Adams to Chicago for future considerations..
added 12:39pm, TSN link now available…
From the AP via Santa Barbara News-Press,
Carolina’s roster has been crippled partly because of a nasty flu virus that seemingly claims a new player each day and has contributed to an irksome slide of losses in six of eight games that has decimated its Southeast Division lead.
No wonder that as the Hurricanes head into this critical stretch, they’re trying to stay germ-free.
‘‘This is not your typical sniffles,’’ coach Peter Laviolette said Monday. ‘‘These guys are tough guys who can play through just about anything, and they are down and out.’‘
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, the latest illness victim, is staying home from Tuesday night’s game at Toronto, Laviolette said. Four players who missed Saturday’s 5-4 loss to Colorado - forwards Ray Whitney and Trevor Letowski, defenseman Wade Brookbank and Wesley - skated Monday and could play against the Maple Leafs, though it’s unclear how close to 100 percent they’ll be.
The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Sergei Samsonov off re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating.
Update 12:41pm ET:
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed right wing Sergei Samsonov on re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov is expected to join the Hurricanes in Boston for the team’s game tonight against the Bruins.
“Sergei brings NHL experience to add depth to our forwards,” said Rutherford.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Canes are trying to add a forward, something that could happen in the next 48 hours.
They’re concerned about their NHL depth with Justin Williams out indefinitely and Matt Cullen’s recovery from his concussion proceeding slowly. The price would probably be a draft pick or low-level prospect.
The Canes are continuing to pursue a puck-moving defenseman as well, at a much higher price, but you can read all about that in the Tuesday newspaper.
Ludicrous internet rumors aside, don’t look for the Canes to start dumping players unless they’re clearly out of contention at the deadline.
I sort of enjoyed the “Ludicrous internet rumors” remark. More MSMs should be doing that.
from Blueland Blog,
Tonight’s game will feature a pretty cool thing on the the TV broadcast. In the second period, the two TV analysts (Darren Eliot for Atlanta and Tripp Tracy for Carolina) will switch booths, and provide some “enemy perspective.”
Should make for some good TV…if you can’t make it to Philips tonight, be sure to check it out. In Atlanta, the game is on SportSourth.
read the press release…
from the CP via the Hockey News,
There’s not much Rutherford can do about injuries but he did make one notable decision Thursday, putting veteran goalie John Grahame on waivers and recalling netminder Michael Leighton from Albany of the AHL.
Grahame is earning US$1.4 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
“John Grahame didn’t do anything wrong, he didn’t get any support,” Rutherford said. “We’re just giving another guy a chance here.”
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