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On trading deadline day, the Carolina Hurricanes made a pretty big move that should make their defense much better, and they didn’t give up much to do it. They traded the mercurial winger Sergei Samsonov to the Panthers for gritty stay-at-home defenseman Bryan Allen. Allen had to wiave his no-trade clause to make the trade happen, and is under contract through the 2011-12 season with a cap hit of $2.9M. Samsonov, on the other hand, is set to become an UFA this summer.
Samsonov has had a rough go this season and, with the addition of Cory Stillman, he became an expendable left wing.
As fate has it, Carolina and Florida will play each other tomorrow night in Raleigh.
We like this very much because it addresses an immediate need heading down the stretch and into the playoffs. It also takes care of the “defensive defenseman” need for next season.
Yes, friends. The goal horn at the RBC Center does work.
The Hurricanes’ last two home games were against the red hot keepers Brent Johnson and Michal Neuvirth. Tonight, they had the prvilege of playing against the struggling Rick DiPietro of the Islanders. On Saturday, he gave up six goals on 29 shots against the Flyers. On Wednesday, he was even worse against Carolina, giving up seven goals on 32 shots. This was just the elixir the Canes needed, as they cured their home woes with a decisive 7-2 win.
Rookie Jeff Skinner was one of six goal scorers for the Canes, and he added one assist. 24-year old rookie Jon Matsumoto, playing in just his second NHL game, scored his first two goals.
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes won their preseason game against the Thrashers 1-0. Jeff Skinner had the game’s only goal at 1:17 of the third period. Cam Ward had a 32-save shutout, but the thing that the Canes should be concerned about is the health of their winger Sergei Samsonov.
At 1:55 of the third, Samsonov went head-first into the endboards after being tripped by Dustin Byfuglien. My only frame of reference is the Hurricanes radio, and what they gave us is that the Russian sniper lay face first on the ice for several minutes. Medical staff from both teams assisted, he was removed from the ice on a stretcher and he was taken to an Atlanta hospital. The only thing we know right now is that Samsonov had movement in his lower extremities.
More details on Samsonov as they develop.
The Hurricanes announced Monday afternoon that restricted free agent defensemen Alexandre Picard and Brett Carson have not been tendered qualifying offers, and will thus become unrestricted free agents on Thursday. Jim Rutherford said that he attempted to re-sign both players but could not reach an accord with either. He was worried that the players would take the team to arbitration and he was unwilling to take the risk of facing a binding arbitration outcome. This, and the draft day acquisition of Bobby Sanguinetti, will give the team a little bit of freedom to do something in the free agent market. More on this in a bit.
The other news out of Carolina is that these are the last two days for them to buy out the contracts of the septuagenarian Rod Brind’Amour and Sergei “Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer” Samsonov.
The NHL’s two week window of opportunity to buy out existing contracts begins today, and two Hurricanes might be targeted.
The 39-year old Rod Brind’Amour and the 31-year old Sergei Samsonov have been labeled as potential buyouts. The team has already made it abundantly clear that they want to get younger and less expensive. The purging process began in February with the Matt Cullen trade, got pretty aggressive at the trading deadline, and has continued through this late spring with the announcement that the team will allow Ray Whitney to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
My wishes are otherwise, but my guess is that Rod Brind’Amour is safe and that Sergei Samsonov is not. It’s not entirely about the money, but it kind of is.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Carolina’s remaining schedule, and I picked out this three game road trip that just ended. I figured that the Canes would have been lucky to get two points out of the Vancouver / San Jose / Phoenix swing. Tonight, they smoked the Coyotes 7-2. Coupled with the big win in San Jose, they secured four points (and pissed two away).
Last season, the Hurricanes missed the playoffs by two points. There’s usually a team that misses out by one point or two. It’s easy for that team to look back a their schedule and pick out games that they gave away, pointing fingers at a game that slipped away. Hopefully, Carolina will find themselves in the playoffs and will be able to look back favorably at the big wins in tough buildings (San Jose and Phoenix).
Sergei Samsonov had a huge night for the Canes, racking up four (1/3) points while Tuomo Ruutu added another three (2/1). It was a good night all around as both specialty teams scored.
With a 2-1 win over the Blues on Friday night, the Hurricanes moved out of a two-way tie for the eighth spot in the East and into sole possession of seventh place, leapfrogging Buffalo and Pittsburgh in a single bound. Both teams have a game in hand, and both will be in action this afternoon. Carolina will be in Tampa tonight, hoping to fortify their position.
Carolina’s top line of Eric Staal flanked by Sergei Samsonov and Tuomo Ruutu had their second consecutive five point night. Staal scored the game’s first goal while Ruutu and SerSam had two assists apiece. On New Year’s Eve, SerSam had 2/1 while Staal and Ruutu had one assist each. Tonight, they will have a chance to have another very productive night against a bad Tampa team. There are no easy games, but the Bolts are just not very good.
On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes defeated the visiting Thrashers 3-1 to move into sole possession of the #8 spot in the East. Cam Ward had a sleepy game in net with some solid defense in front of him and a huge game from the top line. Meanwhile, Carolina’s defense did an excellent job of shutting down Atlanta’s top line. Ilya Kovalchuk was able to break a nine game goal drought, but that was it. Todd White and Bryan Little each assisted on the goal, but both were held to zero shots on goal.
Sergei Samsonov potted two hard-working goals while Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu each had a single assist. To finish it off, Joe Corvo scored a blistering power play goal as some third period insurance.
This closes the 2008 portion of the 08/09 season. I vowed to withhold judgment on Paul Maurice: redux until the team has played 20 or so games under him, and I intend to keep that promise. I’m beginning to think that it’s not too soon at all, but I’ll still wait.
On Saturday, the Flyers handed the Hurricanes their third straight loss and their sixth in the last seven games. Also, they scored their eleventh shorthanded goal of the season, and Jeff Carter scored his league leading 19th goal to win it in overtime.
Sergei Samsonov scored his third marker of the season early in the third period on a power play. Although the Canes are still struggling with the power play, they have managed to score PP goals in two straight games. It’s a small step, I know.
To add to Carolina’s injury woes, defenseman Nic Wallin left the game in the third period with what appeared to be a left ankle injury. No call-up has been made for today’s game, but it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll play. Add Wallin to the ever-growing list of injured defensemen. Frantisek Kaberle. Tim Gleason. Dennis Seidenberg. And of course goalie Cam Ward and winger Scott Walker are still out. So far, the Hurricanes have 104 man-games lost to injury.
On Sunday afternoon, the Lightning will visit the Hurricanes for the first time this season. In their only previous meeting this year, Carolina came from behind to win in overtime in Tampa behind Eric Staal’s two goal effort.
This will also be the first game for the Bolts under the direction of Rick “Wagergate” Tocchet.
Carolina will be wearing their alternate black sweaters for the third time. Thus far, they have gone 1-1-0 wearing them. They will wear them at home 12 more times, and have recently added two road games for which they will don the third (December 11 @ Philly and December 13 @ Rangers). The game is being telecast by the Lightning only.
Rod Brind’Amour is one point shy of becoming #50 on the all-time NHL points list. He is currently tied with Joe Nieuwendyk (564/562) and HOFer Mike Bossy (573/553) with 1126 career points. A single point will also tie him for third on the Whaler/Canes all-time scoring list.
On Thursday night, Carolina will wrap up their longest roadtrip of the season when they visit St. Louis at 8:30 eastern time. They have been forced onto the road, as they are every October, because of the North Carolina State Fair, which has its fairgrounds adjacent to the RBC Center.
On Tuesday, the Canes played a pretty good game in Montrßal, earning one standings point in a shootout loss I neglected to blog that game, but each team had one cheap goal and one good goal. The game went to shootout and Saku Koivu was the man.
Carolina has gone 2-1-2 so far on this road trip, locking up six of a possible ten points. Tonight, they will face a team who has elevated its status from perennial laughing stock to early contender. In the meeting of the two teams last season, Manny Legace pitched a 1-0 shutout for the Blues.
Rod Brind’Amour is riding a two game point streak. Other stats after the jump