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On Thursday afternoon, the Hurricanes announced the signings of goaltender Justin Pogge and defenseman Bryan Rodney to one year two-way contracts. This is good news for Charlotte, where both players will spend the bulk of, if not all of, the season.
Pogge, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks on the trading deadline this past spring will compete with Mike Murphy for the starting job down on the farm. His contract is for the league minimum $500k at the NHL level and $85k at the AHL level. He is guaranteed $105k.
Rodney’s contract is for $525k at the NHL level or $105k at the AHL level.
After Saturday’s 5-3 win over Vancouver, a reporter asked coach Paul Maurice about the plans to deal with the long-term injury of Joe Corvo. Someone asked him about the play of young Bryan Rodney, and he alluded to a plan that would involve not only Rodney, but a couple of the other young guys currently with Albany of the American League.
He said that Rodney’s play has been good, but that the plan for now is to rotate some guys in and out. And it didn’t take long for that plan to go into motion. After the game, Rodney was sent down to Albany and Jay Harrison was called back up.
The Rats will be home against the Baby Pens today, hosting the Toys for Tots (read: teddy bear toss) promotion. Jiří Tlustý should make his Rats debut today. He was apparently detained at customs yesterday while attempting to meet the team in Glens Falls.
Hurricanes winger Scott Walker and defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will all be out for Thursday’s “must win” game against Tampa. To fill the void, two have come up from Albany. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes recalled left wing Michael Ryan. Today, they called defenseman Bryan Rodney.
I don’t know much about either player, but Ryan is the leading scorer for the Rats and Rodney leads all Rats defensemen in points.
The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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