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Whither White?

There has been some speculation all week long that the Carolina Hurricanes are this close to making a deal that would send defenseman Ian White packing.  One of the most popular rumours is that he’s headed to Vancouver, but what comes back this way is a mystery.  The Canucks have lost seven of their defensemen to injury and they’re currently holding their blueline together with duct tape and Bondo.  Although Vancouver’s front office is vehemently denying any deal with Carolina, this one is getting a hard workout on the rumor treadmill. 

In my opinion, Ian White has been one of Carolina’s unsung heroes this season.  He doesn’t do anything spectacular, but he does what he does quietly and well.  He makes a lot of little plays that don’t show up in the scoresheet, but anyone who appreciates defense appreciates the little things Ian White does.  He bails the out-of-position goaltender out.  He protects a vulnerable post.  He takes away shooting angles.  This isn’t sexy stuff, but it’s good solid defense.

The Canucks, riddled with injury, are in need of a solid NHL defenseman, and Carolina may be in a position to sell.  But since the Hurricanes are on the inside of the playoff bubble, they’re only going to make a deal if the return is right.  Prospects and future considerations aren’t going to be enough.  So what do the Nucks have to give?

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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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Cole gets hat trick as Canes snap five game skid

Erik Cole potted three goals this afternoon as the Hurricanes beat the visiting Canucks 5-3.  Ray Whitney contributed a goal and two assists and Eric Staal had two helpers of his own.  Matt Cullen couldn’t stretch his goal streak to four games, but with one assist, he extended his points streak to five games. 

Manny Legace let in a soft goal in the first, then two great Canucks goals in the third made things a bit tense, but in the end the Canes prevailed.

Carolina remains in the NHL’s cellar, 12 points out of eighth in the East.  They are about to embark on a four game road trip, and the road hasn’t been kind.  They are 0-10-3 away from the RBC Center. 

Cam Ward is hoping to return next week, possibly as early as Monday at Pittsburgh.  The timing could be perfect, for a number of reasons…

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Late shorty sinks Canes

It turns out that my anxiety about the Canes/Nucks game was well founded.  Carolina fell behind 2-0 in the first period, giving life to the lethargic Canucks.  The Canes battled back in the second, tying it at two.  In the third, they appeared to take a 4-3 lead only to have the goal disallowed and a penalty called for goaltender interference.  With just a few minutes to play, Carolina had the game on the platter with a power play, but instead of sending the Canucks to their ninth straight loss, the Hurricanes surrendered a shorthanded goal and the game.

The Canucks are off the schneid and Carolina has, as I predicted, played the role of slumpbuster.  Will the Canucks return our phone calls?  No.  Will they speak to us when they see us in a bar or at the grocery store?  No.  They’ll ignore us and pretend they’ve never met us.  Such is the life of the slumpbuster. 

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Canes visit slumping Nucks

Tuesday night, the Hurricanes will begin their three game western swing with the unenviable charge of playing against a team who has lost eight games in a row.  And they’ll have to do it in a very uncomfortable time zone. 

The Vancouver Canucks are struggling.  Badly.  They’re 0-5-3 in their last eight games and they haven’t won a home game since December 28.  This, frankly, is scary.  Nobody wants to play against a team in that kind of situation.  Everyone knows that the Nucks are going to pull out of this slump sooner than later, and nobody wants to be a slumpbuster. 

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