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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Rutherford indicated he would like to make changes to his team, but acknowledged that would be difficult given the early stage of the season. Teams looking to add players take on a bigger financial responsibility now than they would at the trade deadline, and many don’t have substantial cap space following recent off-season signings.
One direction Rutherford may take is giving more responsibility to the team’s talented young players in Albany, such as Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk, who have hovered around a point-per-game pace in their first full professional season at the AHL level.
“If we can move certain players, then we can start to transition into the team that we felt we would transition into next year,” said Rutherford. “We do have a lot of good young players now, and I’m not sure that they’re 100 percent ready to play here, but if we’re not going to win with a veteran team then we may as well transition sooner rather than later.”
“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.
from 850 The Buzz,
Conventional wisdom says the Carolina Hurricanes playing home games during the height of hoops season is a recipe for sparse crowds at the RBC Center. So much for the conventional way, since the Canes sold out games opposite the Duke / UNC season finale and the ACC Tournament Final.
listen to the Rutherford interview…
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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.”
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.
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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 Scott Morrison at CBC,
...But what about Jimmy Rutherford?
OK, he has a job as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, who won the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago. But in the world of high finance anything is possible. Money talks and the Leafs have plenty of it.
Rutherford would be a perfect fit in Toronto. He played in Toronto and understands how dreadful the teams have been and how horrible the drought has become.