The short view is see that no transactions were made today for the Hurricanes and call it a failure.
The truth is one of the biggest moves to be made this season happened December 9th in the trade for Thomas Kaberle. Re-signing both Gleason and Ruutu (and possibly Allen) make for a pretty busy time for Jim Rutherford despite no deadline day trades.
I was pleased to hear Rutherford’s post-deadline comments talking about off-season moves including landing a top-six forward to play with Eric Staal. The list of potential candidates is hard to pin down as it may not necessarily be unrestricted free agents. Rutherford spoke about hockey trades, trading existing players who have contracts beyond this season.
I feel like a trade that went with little fan fair was the acquisition of Evgenii Dadonov. Dadonov is a skilled winger who may be ready for the NHL full time jump. Couple him with several other AHLers and we have more battles for spots in Raleigh.
I am curious to see if Hurricanes management is looking to spend more on players salaries. The ownership situation tends to mean a tightening of the purse strings and now that owners have been brought in we should see that relax a little bit. Jim Rutherford also alluded to the possibility of a new media deal coming up for the Hurricanes that may also expand the budget. This summer also brings us a new CBA in the NHL which may have an effect though we won’t know until it is settled. Some feel the cap may actually come down a few million dollars and the revenue sharing between teams will even out more so than it is now. That would mean good things for the Hurricanes.
With all of that said, I don’t expect the Hurricanes to be much higher than a mid-$50 million range at the most.
Assuming Jim Rutherford lands a true top six forward and is able to make some other tweaks, on top of Kirk Muller having a full off-season to get his footing in Carolina, Hurricanes fans have a lot to be excited about.
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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