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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.
On Tuesday night in San Jose, Carolina earned a convincing win against the Sharks by the score of 5-2. They have done in five games what took them 19 games to do last season: win three games.
Eric Staal, who I called out earlier in the day, had a great game with a goal and an assist. Chad LaRose, who has been the invisible man in four games, had a fantastic game with a goal and two assists and was named the first star of the game. Rookie Jeff Skinner had a remarkable game. Cam Ward also had a very good and very important game. The boys looked good in almost every aspect.
It’s been a few days of inactivity over here at RBH. Since we last checked in, the Hurricanes were throttled by the Canucks to the tune of 5-1. Down on the farm, the Checkers lost another to the Baby Penguins, bringing their record to a conference-worst 1-4-0.
The Hurricanes gave the Senators their only win of the season, but looked good doing it. I would hesitate to say that they looked bad in Vancouver, but the Nucks were by far the better team that night. It’s way too early to start making statements about the direction of the team, but the good vibe from the Helsinki games has worn off. Starting with tonight’s sit, there are three games remaining on the über-road trip, and they will have to get no less then four points out of the Pacific division trio of San Jose, Los Angeles (Wednesday night) and Phoenix (Saturday night).