Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 10/07/08 at 07:24 PM ET
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes announced their final roster cuts. Defenseman/Right Wing Tim “We Got us a Great Big” Conboy, left wing Trevor Gillies and winger Joe Jensen have been sent to Albany, putting the roster at 25 men. Justin Williams and Scott Walker are on the injured reserve, so that unofficially puts them at 23, where they need to be for opening night.
It hurts a little bit to see Conboy sent down, as he has been a RBH favorite, but he was injured during camp and didn’t get much of a chance to play. He will most likely have a few cups of coffee this winter, but he’ll begin the season at the AHL level.
The big news here is that free agent try-out Dan LaCouture has made the final roster, as has 2008 first round draft selection Zach Boychuk. In all likelihood, Boychuk will play in nine or fewer games, then be returned to Lethbridge of the WHL. He is still recovering from surgery and hasn’t been cleared for contact yet, so he’ll be a scratch on opening night. It looks like the lines will look like this:
Ray Whitney / Eric Staal / Patrick Eaves
Sergei Samsonov / Rod Brind’Amour / Tuomo Ruutu
Ryan Bayda / Matt Cullen / Chad LaRose
Wade Brookbank / Brandon Sutter / Dan LaCouture
Tim Gleason / Joni Pitkänen
Frantisek Kaberle / Joe Corvo
Dennis Seidenberg / Nic Wallin
(Josef Melichar, Anton Babchuk)
I really like the opportunity that Patrick Eaves is getting. He’s been hampered by injuries, but he’s shown a ton of promise. There was no way of knowing that he would become a Hurricane, but I witnessed Eaves’ first NHL goal. It’s nice to have him aboard now, and he seems genuinely happy to be here. He recently signed a 3-year deal with the Canes, bought a house, bought a John Deere lawn tractor, and convinced his girlfriend to accept his marriage proposal. What more could a 24-year old Calgarian want?
Eaves, for those who might not remember, was Ottawa‘s first round draft pick in 2003, the 29th overall pick that summer. Like former Hurricane Erik Cole, Eaves has suffered a fracture of his c-5 vertebra. Eaves was injured during his freshman year at Boston College in 2002. He has put that injury behind him, but has had serious shoulder injuries last season. He’s looked good this preseason and will have a good chance to put up some big numbers on the top line.
Opening night is just three days away!
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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.