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Canes make lots of deals, but not “the big one”

On the trading deadline day, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford was very busy.  He made five transactions, which sent a total of six players out of Raleigh.  In return, the Canes organ-eye-zation is getting four players and five picks.  Just one of the four players is NHL ready, but they’ll be picking up a third round, fourth round, sixth round and seventh round pick in this summer’s draft, plus a second round pick in 2011.  There are two very important things going on with these trades that will help Carolina immensely.  First, they’re going to immediately save money, getting some of these contracts off the books.  And they instantly get much younger.  Five Canes players who were traded are over the age of thirty, and they only gave away one prospect.  In return, they’re getting one NHL player, three prospects, and the picks.
Among the bevy of trades, Ray Whitney remains a Hurricane.  He was considered to be a highly sought after player in the trade market, but nobody was able to make an attractive enough offer.  I’ll try to make quick analysis of each of the trades.  I realize that I might be among the minority in Caniac Nation, but I really like what Jim Rutherford did today.

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Canes win game seven, will face Pens

On Thursday night, the Hurricanes faced the prospect of becoming the 22nd team in the history of the NHL playoffs to squander a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series.  After losing two games in a row and facing an elimination game, they did what was the most appropriate.  They went to overtime.  AND THEY WON!!!!!

Scott Walker, the villain from game five, scored the series winning goal at 18:46 of the overtime period.  Please see my previous post.

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AWard fires shots over the bow and will play in game six

When the doctors examined Aaron Ward’s face,  they “saw something in the x-ray” and suggested to him that he wear a visor in game six.  He said he never has, and he’s not about to start. 

He had lots more to say about the Walker incident, describing Walker’s side of the story as “a joke”.  He also took great exception to the use of the term “engaged” when describing a fight.  Then, in a very bizarre move, he played a political card.

“I know Jimmy (Rutherford)  is a pretty staunch Republican. I didn’t know he brought Karl Rove in here to spin it for him,”

Read all about it here.


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Walker fined, not suspended.

The NHL’s disciplinary committee handed down one of its most perplexing rulings in quite some time.  Scott Walker, was fined $2500 for his actions at the end of game five and the automatic one game suspension was rescinded.  Since the suspension wasn’t upheld, I assume that the $10k fine to Paul Maurice was also rescinded. 

This benefits the Hurricanes, but I’m bewildered by it.  My immediate thoughts during the game were that he wouldn’t face supplemental discipline, and I included that thought in my game wrap-up.  Later, when I was reminded of rule 47.22, I assumed that he would get the one game suspension but nothing else. 

For reference:  here’s the rule, verbatim:

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Boston Globe:  Possible broken orbital bone.

The Bruins Blog is reporting that Claude Julien thinks that Aaron Ward may have suffered a broken orbital bone as a result of Scott Walker’s punch in the closing moments of Boston’s 4-0 win on Sunday.  Boston staved off elimination, but may have lost one of their top defensemen.

Rule 47.22 clearly states that Walker will be in line for an automatic one game suspension because he instigated a fight with less than five minutes to play in regulation.  It also states that coach Paul Maurice will face a $10k fine.  In some instances, the penalty may be rescinded, but this won’t be one of those cases.  Walker was suspended for one game last season for headbutting Ottawa’s Mike Fisher, so he doesn’t have a pristine driving record. 

Carolina will have to make at least one lineup change for game six, and I think probably two. 

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Scott Walker:  concussion or vertigo

I look up, I look down.  I look up, I look down….
After a successful West coast road trip, the Hurricanes returned home for a few days off before a big home game against the Panthers on Thursday.  They took Monday off and when they returned to practice on Tuesday, a couple of the injured were there.  Rod Brind’Amour, who was sent home to nurse his groin injury and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg practiced for the first time in a week.  Brindy will hope to make a return to the lineup on Thursday, while Seidenberg will remain on the IR with his own groin issue. 

Meanwhile, right wing Scott Walker continues to be totally out of commission with an “upper body” injury that is rumored to be a concussion.  Now, though, there’s speculation that he’s suffering from vertigo.

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Walker out, no cuts made yet

Today, I expected to hear some news about final cuts made to the Hurricanes roster.  Instead, I came home to learn that forward Scott Walker will be out of the lineup for the next six weeks.  Walker, who has become more of a hothead with every passing month, injured his left hand in a fight during last Sunday’s preseason game in PhillyHe had surgery today and will miss the first quarter of the season. 

Things were starting to look a little better on the injury front, but this will throw a wrench in the opening night plans. 

No cuts have been made, and the roster stands at 28, but free agent tryout Dan LaCouture was signed to a two-way one-year contract today.  The 31-year old has played in a total of 326 NHL games with five different teams, and has been out of the NHL since 2006-07.  According to all reports, he came into camp in terrific shape and has impressed the coaches all along.

At this point, anyone’s guess is just as good as mine, but here’s my updated projections for the opening night lines:

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