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by Paul on 07/01/12 at 10:45 PM ET
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
So what changed from all the years when the Hurricanes sat and watched as the top free agents in the game moved around the league? Money and ambition, of course. It wasn’t a total blank check, and Rutherford said the Hurricanes weren’t willing to offer the big signing bonuses other teams were throwing around, but owner Peter Karmanos was willing to authorize certain big contracts for certain big players.
That was enough to get the Hurricanes into the mix. Who knows how far that will take them.
It didn’t get them Parise, and it may or may not land Suter. As for Nash, the Columbus Dispatch reported he doesn’t have Carolina on the list of teams to which he will accept a trade, nor does he intend on changing that.
So all this intrigue may yet end up fizzling out, no matter how hard the Hurricanes push. They pushed, though. They pushed hard. They played the game. Parise had a difficult decision to make, as Suter does now, but the Hurricanes were and are part of the equation.
For at least one day, it was a different franchise. If Parise had come here, it might have changed the franchise forever. If Suter or Nash end up coming here, it still could.
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