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The Ian White question was answered on Friday afternoon, and it was a bit of a surprise. The Hurricanes and Sharks orchestrated two separate deals, and it was they instead of the Canucks who were the Ian White suitor. One deal sent White to San Jose in exchange for the Sharks 2012 second round draft selection. The other sent defenseman prospect Derek Joselin to Raleigh in exchange for “future considerations”. I don’t think Jim Rutherford is done just yet.
I figured that the Canes would get something more substantial than a draft pick for White, but the fact that it amounts to a salary dump makes it look like JR could have a lot more up his sleeve. I don’t want to speculate any more, but I do think that the Canes could use a scoring winger. There’s only ten days left before the deadline, and anything could happen.
There were other more high-profile trades around the league on Friday, and Carolina had some much bigger things going on in their own barn. They retired Rod Brind’Amour’s sweater and hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in a thoroughly exciting game that felt like a playoff matchup.
There has been some speculation all week long that the Carolina Hurricanes are this close to making a deal that would send defenseman Ian White packing. One of the most popular rumours is that he’s headed to Vancouver, but what comes back this way is a mystery. The Canucks have lost seven of their defensemen to injury and they’re currently holding their blueline together with duct tape and Bondo. Although Vancouver’s front office is vehemently denying any deal with Carolina, this one is getting a hard workout on the rumor treadmill.
In my opinion, Ian White has been one of Carolina’s unsung heroes this season. He doesn’t do anything spectacular, but he does what he does quietly and well. He makes a lot of little plays that don’t show up in the scoresheet, but anyone who appreciates defense appreciates the little things Ian White does. He bails the out-of-position goaltender out. He protects a vulnerable post. He takes away shooting angles. This isn’t sexy stuff, but it’s good solid defense.
The Canucks, riddled with injury, are in need of a solid NHL defenseman, and Carolina may be in a position to sell. But since the Hurricanes are on the inside of the playoff bubble, they’re only going to make a deal if the return is right. Prospects and future considerations aren’t going to be enough. So what do the Nucks have to give?
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes pulled off a major trade with the Calgary Flames. When they acquired rugged forward Troy Bodie on Tuesday, it looked like a trade might be on the horizon, but I didn’t expect this. The Canes sent mercurial defenseman Anton Babchuk and reliable fourth liner Tom Kostopoulos to the Flames in exchange for defenseman Ian White and forward Brett (cousin of Brandon) Sutter. The new players are not available and defenseman Brett Carson has been recalled from Charlotte.
Brett Sutter, who is the nephew of Flames coach Brent Sutter and the son of Flames GM Darryl Sutter has been in the papers recently, but not for the right reasons. In his best imitation of Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane, he was arrested for punching a cab driver in Arizona. Neither his assignment to the AHL nor this trade has anything to do with the incident. Apparently, this has been in the works since late October.
I like this trade. I like it a lot. Carolina gives up something to get something, and they end up taking on some salary cap, but I really like it.