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On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes headed into Los Angeles with a lot of good feelings. Feeding off the big win in San Jose, they kept the forward lines intact. The only change to the lineup was that Cam Ward got the night off and his backup Justin Peters got his first start of the season. He played well, but in the end, the Kings got the 4-3 win.
I was working all day and the only trade news I was getting was through the very slow NHL.com text message updates. When 3:00, then 3:30, then 4:00 rolled around, I assumed that the Carolina Hurricanes stood pat with what they had. Then a buddy called me and dropped a ten megaton atomic bomb on me. And it played out like a horrible game of fortunately/unfortunately.
Carolina sent one of my favorite Canes, Justin Williams (whose sweater I wear) to the Los Angeles Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan. SCORE!!! Sad to see Willy go, but that’s a great deal. I’ve been watching him for a little while, partly because he’s the only player in the NHL who was born in North Carolina. Young kid on the rise, destined to be a 30 goal scorer, with two years of reasonable salary remaining on his contract. Of course that wasn’t the end of it. Of course it was part of a three-way deal, and my excitement quickly turned to nonplus, then instantly to anger. Lots of cuss words.
O’Sullivan was immediately dealt to Edmonton, and I didn’t need to wait for the rest. I knew who the other player was and I actually cringed. Not that I dislike Erik Cole, but I just don’t like this deal.
On Friday, the Hurricanes will play the first of six straight road games, and they’ll have to do it with yet another forward on the shelf.
When Carolina visits Los Angeles tonight at 10:30, they’ll most likely be doing it without Tuomo Ruutu. He missed most of the pre-season with a groin issue, and it’s persisted enough for his status to be deemed “doubtful”.
Ruutu makes three top nine wingers on the injured list. There will be a lot of line juggling, and Chad “Sharpie” LaRose was practicing with the top line on Thursday, so he might get a chance to do that in game action. Patrick Eaves, who started the season on the top line, has found his way into Peter Laviolette’s doghouse, but there’s no telling how the lines will be made tonight.
Still, this is an opportunity for another young player.