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Buyout window opens with Brind’Amour and Samsonov possible victims.

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.

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Brind’Amour: “I won’t retire”

For most of this season and especially during the postseason, I’ve been pretty vocal about Rod Brind’Amour.  I’ve said countless times and in a number of ways that I wish he would retire this summer.  There are a lot of things that need to be resolved this summer.  Although Brindy is still under contract through the 2010-11 season, many Caniacs think that Brind’Amour should call it a day.  Just two days after the Hurricanes’ playoff season ended, the captain announced that he will NOT be retiring.

“I made a commitment a while ago to play and I’ve got a contract to play it out.  So it’s definitely what the plan is…  Personally you have to believe in yourself. I would not play the game if I did not think I could still do it. And not just as a fourth-line player. My goal is to get back and contribute with this team as I feel like I can.  That’s what I have to do now. Next year I will come back and prove I can do that.”

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