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On Friday, Carolina lost one of its star players to free agency, then added five new players. They added four forwards and a goalie. None was a blockbuster, but all should be great additions to the team.
The biggest addition was goaltender Brian Boucher, who is the only active NHLer from the state of Rhode Island. Like most of the free agent netminders on the market, he made his name as a starting goalie but now must make his money as a backup, most recently for Philadelphia. He holds the record for longest shutout streak with five consecutive shutouts in during the 2003-04 season. Since the lockout, Carolina will be his seventh NHL team.
On Friday, they also added Tim Brent and Alexie Ponikarovsky from the Leafs. Both already have highlight reel stuff from games against Carolina. Brent for being awesome and Poni for being lazy. More on this in a bit.
On Saturday, they added two more. Right wing Anthony Stewart from the Thrashers, who Jim Rutherford described as a “late bloomer”. They also added some organizational depth in left wing/tough guy Justin Soryal, who has played his entire professional career with the Rangers AHL team.