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by Paul on 05/02/12 at 02:27 PM ET
from Chip Alexander of the News Observer,
General manager Jim Rutherford, in an interview today, did talk in general terms about what the Canes are looking for in the offseason. Rutherford has talked several times about the need to acquire a scoring winger to play on Eric Staal’s line, but his comments today were interesting and the focus may have changed.
“What we’re working on now is whatever it takes to get a top player, whether it’s a center or a wing,” Rutherford said. “Eric can play the wing. He has played the wing before and played there in the (2010 Olympics (for Team Canada). He has played very well on the wing.”
Rutherford noted that seeking out a free agent can be risky in that there will be other bidders and the player can pick and choose. Should forward Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils be available July 1, the Canes could be just one of several suitors waiting in line.
“In free agency, you don’t have control over where a player decides to go,” Rutherford said. “If you trade for a player and he’s under contract, you know he’s coming to the Hurricanes.”
Jordan Staal, who will make $4.5 million next season, is due to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season. Again, there is risk involved. But Rutherford, again without mentioning Jordan Staal, said that such a contract status would not be a stumbling block to a potential trade.
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