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For the second time in as many weeks, the Hurricanes have ended up with a fourth line forward from the Anaheim Ducks. Last week, winger Troy Bodie was claimed off waivers. Today, the Canes acquired center Ryan Carter. He was placed on—and cleared—waivers on Monday. Carolina did not take him off waivers because they needed to shed some organizational contract weight first. This was accomplished when they exchanged two prospects for the NHL centerman. Carolina said goodbye to center Stephan Chaput and right wing Matt Kennedy. Both were in Charlotte this season. Kennedy had just one assist in eight games played while Chaput had three assists in 20 games played.
Carter and Bodie were fourth line mates in Anaheim two weeks ago. Now they find themselves linemates again after a bit of an unusual journey. Carter will wear Tom Kostopoulos’ old number 29. Jim Rutherford says that he will be used on the fourth line with a possibility that he could work his way into the top nine. He quickly added that those types of decisions are for coach Paul Maurice.
Both coach and GM said that the 6’2” Carter will help the Canes with their pathetic faceoff winning percentage. His success rate is just over 50%. He’ll also add a little bit of toughness and the willingness to hit. These are things that were lacking. He should be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Hurricanes host the Capitals.
On the trading deadline day, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was very busy. He made five transactions, which sent a total of six players out of Raleigh. In return, the Canes organ-eye-zation is getting four players and five picks. Just one of the four players is NHL ready, but they’ll be picking up a third round, fourth round, sixth round and seventh round pick in this summer’s draft, plus a second round pick in 2011. There are two very important things going on with these trades that will help Carolina immensely. First, they’re going to immediately save money, getting some of these contracts off the books. And they instantly get much younger. Five Canes players who were traded are over the age of thirty, and they only gave away one prospect. In return, they’re getting one NHL player, three prospects, and the picks.
Among the bevy of trades, Ray Whitney remains a Hurricane. He was considered to be a highly sought after player in the trade market, but nobody was able to make an attractive enough offer. I’ll try to make quick analysis of each of the trades. I realize that I might be among the minority in Caniac Nation, but I really like what Jim Rutherford did today.
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On Sunday night, the Hurricanes needed some heroics from goaltender Michael Leighton in order to squeak out a 3-1 victory in Anaheim. The Canes took three of a possible four points in California, getting the six game road trip off to a good start.
Michael Leighton got his second start of the year, and he was much better than he was in his win against Tampa. Partial credit on that goes to better defense in front of him, denying second chances. Mostly, though, the credit is his for having better rebound control and better awareness.
Rod Brind’Amour and Eric Staal got key goals late in the game, and Ryan Bayda continued his impressive campaign by scoring his second goal of the season.
On Friday, the Hurricanes began their annual late October two week road trip in Los Angeles. After giving up the game’s first goal, then taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Carolina ended up losing in overtime 4-3. Carolina also lost defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to injury.
At 6:37 of the second frame, Kaberle hobbled off the bench and to the Canes locker room. He didn’t return to action, and the initial report was that he had suffered a fracture in his foot after blocking a shot. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. It’s very early in the season, but already Carolina has nine man-games lost to injury. Tonight’s injury scratches will raise that number to 13.
Eric Staal was also injured in that game, enough to keep him out of practice on Saturday. However, he is expected to extend his consecutive games streak to 259 tonight against the Ducks.