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Canes make lots of deals, but not “the big one”

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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Canes sign Andrew Alberts

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes got their defensive defenseman.  And they got the one that a lot of fans were clamoring for.  Most importantly, they did it on the cheap. 
The Canes signed 6’5” 218 lb blueliner Andrew Alberts to a two year deal worth a total of $2.1M.  He’ll make $800k in 2009-10, which is a significant pay cut from 2008-09.  In 2010-11, he’ll make $1.3M.  The 28 year old Minneapolis native led the Flyers with 157 hits last season and he was third on that team with 133 blocked shots.  He earned $1.4M last season, so this is an extraordinary signing at an extraordinary price.  He’s exactly what the Canes need.  I didn’t think they’d be able to afford it, but somehow JR convinced him to take a significant pay cut.

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