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With Free Agent talks stalling, Canes looking to trade

On Sunday, Canes fans were told that a player signing was imminent.  We hoped that it would be Jussi Jokinen or Erik Cole.  Of the seven UFAs, those are the two who are generally regarded by Caniacs as the most important.  Today, we’re being told that they aren’t even close with any of the UFAs.  With the free agent market opening in two weeks, the Hurricanes have decided to shop the rights to those players instead of letting them walk away. 

I can’t even begin to guess who the trading partner or the player coming in this direction might be, Paul Branecky of Hurricanes.com says that a trade is close to completion.  One that would have “a power-play quarterback who can play among the top four defensemen – an immediate Pitkanen substitute - ” coming to Raleigh.  The Canes are looking to deal one of their two second round draft picks or even a prospect to make a deal happen. 

Jim Rutherford says ““We’re exchanging ideas, and something could happen any time.”

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, erik+cole, free+agency, joni+pitkanen, jussi+jokinen, trades

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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science.  He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows.  Sometimes, all in the same day. 

David has contributed to CBC.ca for their Stanley Cup playoff coverage in 2006 and to the New York Times Slapshot blog for theirs in 2008. Red and Black Hockey was founded in July of 2005.