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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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Carolina at the trade deadline:  hold

The trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and my opinion is that the Hurricanes will stand pat with the hand they have.  There are some silly rumors that Carolina is shopping Joe Corvo and some even sillier ones that they’re interested in re-obtaining Martin Gerber.  You might be able to guess my opinion on those. 

Joe Corvo has been a little less productive offensively than the Canes were expecting, but better defensively than they were expecting.  He’s a top pairing defenseman with a slightly inflated $2.75M salary next season.  I’m not sure what the Canes would get in return.  As it is, there’s plenty of “depth forwards” in the system.  A d-for-d trade?  Maybe.  Maybe someone a little more defensive.  I’m still not buying

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