Quick programing note: I was planning on writing a bit after the Gleason signing but the site appears to have been down for a few days. Since that signing I kept hearing of other possible trades for the Hurricanes ready to strike. My plan was to write an all encompassing piece once something went down… as we all know it was a week of ‘hurry up and wait,’ though the Gleason signing was a shock.
The rumors continue to have Ruutu going to a different team each day and eventually the twitter prognosticators will have it right. A month ago I expected a slow deadline day seeing all the trades in January and early February. I am re-thinking my opinion on that. Maybe it matters which GM’s are buyers and sellers to determining when the deals are made.
Jim Rutherford is very calculating and I doubt will dump any player for a value he doesn’t think will help the team. He shocked us all by going against his own law of negotiating with a player in-season, though in reality there seemed to be little negotitaion as it seems both sides were willing to get a deal done quickly and without debate.
I am still not sure how I feel about Gleason long term. Gleason is a heavy hitter, solid in his own end and a team leader. One of my main issues is with Gleason being such a tough guy he never seems to get the better of the fights he is in, which may be why his role in that sense was reduced to ‘if absolutely necessary.’ This type of player is very hard to quantify as you cannot simply pull goals and assist stats to back a claim. I certainly do not think that the team is worse with his signing though I found the price a tad on the high side. I personally like Bryan Allen’s game much better and still hope to see him as a Hurricane next September.
The next question is Spacek and Ruutu and where will they be in less than a month? Unless either are re-signed both will be gone for at least picks and prospects. I have to think the longer they go untraded, the higher their value inches up. I fell like Spacek was never expected to be a Hurricane long and he will likely be traded before his suitcase is fully unpacked in Carolina. Ruutu, on the otherhand, is an interesting situation.
I have to think that in a perfect world Jim Rutherford would love to keep Ruutu beyond this season. The question may lie in any conversations that Ruutu’s agent has had with Jim Rutherford at any time. If Rutherford feels that Ruutu will go into July 1st regardless, to test the market, then I know that Jim Rutherford will have no choice but to move him for whatever he can get.
The most recent rumors have Rutherford having meetings last week with Ruutu’s agent. My hope is that Ruutu is kept as a Huurricane, though I hope the cost is not so great that it limits the ability this summer to make further moves. Ruutu brings a ton to this team and is a huge part of recent success.
Speaking of recent success, kudos are in order for Cam Ward who flew under the radar with a huge shut-out against the Bruins. On a night only eclipsed by Gagnes 8 point explosion, Ward was poised to be top billing in all of Hockey news.
About the Author
Written by Johnny G
Originally from Virginia I grew up loving hockey. Once hockey came to Carolina it's been the Hurricanes all the way for me. After completing my degree at Full Sail University I moved to Raleigh NC with the purpose of working with Canesvision, of which I did and still currently work. I attend every game and have had the pleasure of being a part of many of the Hurricanes greatest moments, including the Stanley Cup run in '06. I like to take a realistic look at rumors, specifically trade rumors, and apply reason and logic to best break down the feasibility of each rumor. 99% of rumors are wishful thinking that align themselves with "sources," while few actually have a basis for the possibility. Though I am a Hurricanes fan, I am a hockey fan of all levels and hope to bring a universal approach to the daily news of the Carolina Hurricanes organization. Follow me @johnnyghockey