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On Monday, the Hurricanes placed forward Patrick O’Sullivan on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to Charlotte. The AHL isn’t the best place for a player with his skill set, but neither is the fourth line or the press box of the NHL big team. The Minnesota Wild claimed the 25-year old, and he will be with the fifth team in the last 20 months.
The skilled winger was signed by the Canes to a minimal contract this summer, but he never caught on. The Patrick O’Sullivan Experiment will now be chalked up as a failure and filed alongside “Carter, Anson”. .
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes picked up “rugged” right winger Troy Bodie off waivers. He was placed there by Anaheim on Monday and snatched up by Jim Rutherford today. He is on a two-way contract, so he could be sent to Charlotte, but not without being placed on waivers again. This is, if I understand correctly, due to his age (25 years).
The 6’4” Bodie has spend this entire season on the Ducks big team, but has been a healthy scratch for most of it. His addition to the Carolina roster gives them some size and toughness, but it also gives them one too many skaters.
At first, I assumed that this acquisition was for Charlotte and that Jared Staal should be scared for his tenuous spot on the Checkers roster. However, it looks more and more like this is for the fourth line of the big team and that Patrick O’Sullivan should be worried about his spot. After two weeks in the press box, Patty-O will be getting his first start in a long time on Wednesday against the Senators. There’s already been an indication that Bodie will suit up for at least one of the back-to-back games over the weekend. This will make O’Sullivan’s situation a little rougher.
The Carolina Hurricanes have lost their last two games badly, getting outscored 15-3. Earlier this month, they played in three other lopsided games and were on the winning side of two of those. There hasn’t been a real rhythm so far. They haven’t won more than two in a row and they haven’t lost more than two in a row. They’ve looked really bad one night and great the next. It’s hard to say how the season is going, but one thing that’s for sure is that the home game against Ottawa on Wednesday will be a real gut check.
They’ll have to bounce back from a really poor showing at Montréal in which they lost 7-2 and an embarrassment at home against Philly on Veterans Day, which they lost 8-1. To be fair, those teams lead their respective division, and they’re both very good. However, those games weren’t even competitive for more than a few minutes. Ottawa is also a good team, three points ahead of Carolina in the Eastern standings. They’re going to have to be better. This means making some changes.
On Friday night, the Hurricanes fell to the Predators 2-1, one day after defeating them in Nashville 3-1. Carolina will play the last of three straight games Saturday night in Atlanta, and there will likely be some personnel changes. The lineups will be different, and the team will make some roster cuts after the game. This is the way of the pre-season. A different look every night.
One thing has been consistent in the three games that Carolina has played. Patrick O’Sullivan. He has one point in each of the three games and has been described as the best player on the ice. In game number three, he scored on a one-timer from the top of the right circle during a five-on-three power play. He’s going to make it impossible for the front office to send him down to Charlotte.
The Hurricanes on Friday came to an agreement with forward Patrick O’Sullivan. Late Thursday night, I guessed that his new one year deal would be for “a good deal less than the (roughly $2.4M/season) that he signed with the Kings. I didn’t quite expect what I found out Friday around noon. The new deal is for $600k at the NHL level or $105k at the AHL level. This is a fantastic bargain for a player who has put up 0.532 points per game over the course of his young NHL career.
The major criticism of him is that he doesn’t play a two way game. His detractors say that he’s so focused on his offensive game and that his defensive game is dreadful. I’ve only watched him play a couple of times on teevee, so I don’t have as much insight into that, but people are quick to point out that he had a horrible +/- rating of -35 this past season. What most of those people don’t point out is that he was on a a very bad Edmonton team. They collectively had a staggering rating of -57, which was worst in the league by 21. I don’t think this alone is a fair barometer of his performance.
The word on the street is that winger Patrick O’Sullivan will sign a one year two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Friday. Jim Rutherford has indicated that the 25-year old, who was born in Winston-Salem, is already in Raleigh for a physical and that the deal will be struck on Friday. The skilled winger was scheduled to make $2,387,500 this season, but his contract was bought out by the Phoenix Coyotes, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Patty-O was part of a three-way deal at the 2009 trading deadline that sent Justin “Viva” Williams to Los Angeles, O’Sullivan to Edmonton and Erik Cole back to Carolina. He was also part of a strange trade this summer which sent defenseman Jim Vandermeer from Phoenix to Edmonton. The Coyotes immediately bought out O’Sullivan’s contract.
A couple of hours ago, I wrote about how upset I was with the Justin Williams for Patrick O’Sullivan for Erik Cole deal. I lamented the fact that Patrick O’Sullivan would have been a phenomenal player to have here and the Canes should have left it at that.
Well, it turns out that it would have been impossible for O’Sullivan to play here. For his well-being. When Patrick O’Sullivan looks for his dad in the crowd after a game, he’s not doing it for normal reasons. He’s doing it because he hopes that dad isn’t there.
Patio’s father, John, is one of the biggest jerks in America, and he lives right here in North Carolina. He was an abusive father and he’s had numerous restraining orders placed against him by his ex-wife and also by Patrick. He’s banned from entering any Ontarian hockey rink and there are now efforts to have a permanent restraining order, valid in all 50 US states. None of that matters, because John O’Sullivan has violated every restraining order and is rightly perceived as a physical threat.
Here’s an excellent write-up about the whole situation.