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Canes re-ink Dwyer

When I wrote the other day about how the cap floor might give the Canes fits, I guessed at how the UFA situations would pan out.  I posited that rugged fourth-line winger Patrick Dwyer would get a two-year renewal at a $650k cap hit per season.  I was only off by a few pennies.  Today, they signed the 28-year old native of Spokane, WA to a two-year renewal with a cap hit of $625k per season. 

I also wrote that Dwyer is the new Chad LaRose and that fans better get used to the idea of Sharpie being out of the picture.  It’s not that I don’t like LaRose; contrarily, he’s one of my favourite players on the team.  It’s just that a team with a very tight budget can’t afford to pay Chad LaRose the way that they just paid him.  He made $1.9M this past season with a cap hit of $1.7M.  This is a reversal of stance from two summers ago when I said that he deserved every penny (and then some) of the huge pay raise.  It may sound a little contradictory for me to say that the Canes are going to have a rough time getting to the floor, then in the same breath say that they can’t afford to see/raise Chad LaRose, but I’ll try to make sense of it.

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