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With the free agent frenzy set to begin in less than 12 hours, there are still a few unanswered questions in Raleigh. For me, a really intriguing one will be regarding the goaltending situation. Cam Ward needs a strong backup. Someone who can be depended upon to start 15-20 games. He’s never had that. This summer, the Hurricanes have made it crystal clear that they’re not going to use Justin Peters in Raleigh. They don’t intend to replace him from within the organization, either.
Jim Rutherford has said that he’s looking to spend $1M or so on a proven NHL-calibre backup goaltender. There are a few out there, and JR has a list of three, from which he expects to sign one on Friday. He didn’t indicate who’s on that short list, but we can probably engineer something like it. He did tell David Droschak that former Hurricane Martin Gerber isn’t on that list, but he didn’t rule out his penchant for recycling:
That’s not to say I won’t bring somebody back
I’m thinking that he might be suggesting that former Whaler J-S Giguere is on that short list. I kinda like that idea.
The other day, I wrote about how Carolina’s thriftiness would make it difficult to reach the new salary cap floor of $48.3M. Compounding that was their lack of any progress with any of their own prospective UFAs. Since the draft, things have taken a turn and it seems like at least three of the four key UFAs will be re-signing.
Also, the Canes made a bit of an unexpected move by not offering qualifying sheets to RFAs Jiri Tlusty and Troy Bodie. The 5:00 pm deadline came and went and they are now officially on the market, waiting for the bell to ring on Friday. (Nearly) everybody else got qualifying sheets.
First, a quick word about the RFAs, then a look at the UFA situation. Then something about Sutter.