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Seidenberg might be back in the Canes picture

Even before the free agency period began, the talk around Raleigh was that UFA defenseman Dennis Seidenberg wouldn’t be back with the Canes in the fall.  Apparently, his agent was asking for too much.  The prevailing sentiment was that the Canes were going to have to scoop someone up out of free agency.  Finding a defensive defenseman is going to be tough.  Given Carolina’s need to stay well below the cap, it’s going to be even tougher.  I wrote a post about this yesterday, but now it seems like matters have just become more complicated.  Seidenberg, who had been written off, has reemerged into the scene.

This summer has already been a roller coaster as far as Carolina’s UFAs are concerned.  Erik Cole and Chad LaRose were both written off, as they pursued the free agent market.  After a few days, Cole was re-signed at a significant discount.  A few more days later, Chad LaRose re-signed.  It seemed like it would be impossible to re-sign Dennis Seidenberg, but suddenly, things have changed.  Chip Alexander wrote today in the N&O that the lines of communication have been re-opened.  In a soap operatic twist, Seidenberg might be back in Raleigh after all.  And there’s more… 

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Seidenberg not in Canes future

Today the news came that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, scheduled to become an UFA on July 1, will most likely not be back in Raleigh this fall.  According to the News & Observer, the Canes won’t be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth.  Jim Rutherford had this to say:

“Based on my conversation with his agent, and where they think he’s at, he’s a long way out of our reach.

The 27-year-old German has spent the last two and a half seasons with Carolina after coming over when the Hurricanes traded Kevyn Adams to the

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... Phoenix Coyotes in January of 2007.  He put up career bests in goals, assists, points, games played.  He also managed to stay, for the most part, injury free. 

This, coupled with another possible exiting blueliner, means that Carolina’s defense will have a different look next season, and they’re probably gonna have to break tradition and become a buyer in the free agent market.

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Jokinen beats buzzer

Holy cow!  A miracle at the RBC Center!

Jussi Jokinen deflected the game-winning goal with two tenths of a second left.  The last time I saw anything like that was when Kevyn Adams scored a shorthanded overtime goal with one tenth of a second left at Atlanta on March 5, 2004.

Carolina dominated the first 39 minutes of the game, building a 3-0 lead.  Eric Staal and Ryan Bayda scored one minute apart in the opening frame to give the media (and Carolina fans) what they wanted: a game where Carolina took the lead.  The Canes also did what every Canes blogger was begging them to do:  they shot the puck.  And they established a forecheck and offensive pressure.  And they forced New Jersey to take penalties.  And they got physical.  And they neutralized Parise/Zajac. 

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Canes defense remains a mystery

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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