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Clarifying Rutherford – Hurricanes in the Rumors

Posted By Johnny G On Jan 27 2012 @ 3:00 pm In Carolina Hurricanes | No Comments

Recently Jim Rutherford spoke with The News and Observers Chip Alexander. Some of Rutherfords comments seem to have been taken the wrong way by some who feel he isn’t doing enough.

It has been said that the Hurricanes are actually within reach of the playoffs but due to the number of games in hand that our opponents have the Hurricanes playoff chances are slim. Rutherfords mentioning of making trades that make “financial sense” scare many fans who translate that into salary dumps and throwing in the towel on this season.
Jim Rutherford would not sacrifice the teams playoff chances, however slim, as any chance of playing post season hockey means money. What Rutherford is saying is that he is not just looking at trades for the sake of trades.
Rutherford goes on to say that he is “more intersted in hockey trades and not deadline trades.” This is exactly what he should be doing. Dumping Ruutu, Gleason and others for trade-deadline headlines serves no purpose. These are players which can be traded to help build the team going forward. Keeping in mind that if the team saves money this spring it can go a long way to adding to the payroll this summer. While it may not translate to a dollar-for-dollar additions to this summers budget it helps in the longrun.
Another point to be made regarding the team’s budgeting going forward is that the ownership situation appears cleared up. Over the past several years owner Peter Karmanos had been looking for minority owners to invest in the team. Generally when this happens teams will make major cuts in budgets to make the bottom line look more attractive. This is why the Hurricanes have not spent much on players in recent years… ok I know it is not JUST that but it is certainly part of the equation.
Now that a list of new minority owners are aboard the team can spend more money on players right? No word from either Jim Rutherford or Peter Karmanos as to what the budgets going forward will look like though I don’t expect drastic changes, maybe a few extra bucks. I expect the next few seasons will start with a lower summer budget and if the team is moving in the right direction the trade deadline budget will increase.
The bottom line is that Jim Rutherford is now a part owner in the team and will do what needs to be done to put together a winning team.
Jim Rutherford also stated he was not making any calls. MMany seem to take this as him sitting on his hands. The truth is, as a seller, you rarely have to make any calls. Jim Rutherford is right to wait for the top bidders for the services of Ruutu, Gleason and others to slug it out. The last ones standing will make themselves known in due time. There is no rush on Rutherfords part to make a trade, the heat is all on the buying teams who need to make their moves before their foes do.
The break it down:
Ruutu, Gleason, Allen, and Spacek will be traded.
We will likely see a steady stream of picks and prospects in return.
There will not be a lot of glitz and glamour before the trade deadline.
The draft could see the Hurricanes make bolder moves.
No matter what happens hang on and enjoy the ride!

Note: I began this post a few days ago and put it on hold as I heard rumors of a trade close to happening. While a trade still could be in the works I got tired of waiting. The rumors these days, mostly via the internet, seem too good to be true… while I shouldn’t beleive them I find myself hopeful that they pan out.

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