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Now that our season is over, Want to take a look at our free agetns, who needs to come back and who we want to bring in.

[url]http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=CAR[/url]

This website is where you can get Salary and FA status of players..

Unrestricted FA
Erik Cole
Ryan Bayda
Chad LaRose
Dennis Seidenberg

Restricted FA
Tuumo Ruutu
Jussi Jokinen
Dwight Helminem
Anton Babchuk

Please add players You want to see stay, go and/or brought in....


Can this thread be sticked for the offseson???

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Need to stack up on defensemen.

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In the Minors who could come up...

Brendan Sutter
Zach Boychuk


only two that i know something about. Both are true Centers that can help with our Center depth. We only Have Staal, Cullen, and Brindy as true centers.

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And some FA i would like to see

Martin Havlat- 6 million, could be the player Staal needs on his line
John Madden- 3 Million, great chippy center, needed if brindy retires

And some Defensemen that we most definatley need
Steve Montador
Alexi Semenov
Chris Pronger-great shot and very good defensmen

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Don't resign cole, sign marty havlat.

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[quote name='dexterpyro']Chris Pronger-great shot and very good defensmen[/QUOTE]

Please, not him. Anyone but that jerk. I remember hating him in the series against the Oilers back in '06, my wife (Ducks fan) has hated the guy ever since he showed up in Anaheim. He commits too many stupid penalties.

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I wouldn't mind see us going after Bouwmeester and Havlat. We need a scorer to help Staal out and we need a leader on defense. Either a young guy like Bouwmeester or a vet who can mentor and groom Pitkanen into the leader of our defense.

Bayda, is more than likely gone unless he signs for the minimum but I would much rather see Conboy, Dwyer or some other young guy take his spot on the 4th line. We have a lot of depth in Albany at center. Helminen, Boychuk or Sutter could all come up to move Jussi back to wing or if Brindy doesn't come back.

Cole, LaRose, Ruutu and Jokinen have to be re-signed.

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Not sure about Cole being resigned....Not at 4 million dollars, if he takes a significant pay cut then good. LaRose, Ruutu and Jokininen are almost must haves...

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[quote name='Superadiabatic']Please, not him. Anyone but that jerk. I remember hating him in the series against the Oilers back in '06, my wife (Ducks fan) has hated the guy ever since he showed up in Anaheim. He commits too many stupid penalties.[/QUOTE]

I know he is a jerk, but he would help our defense and PPs immensley, we could say goodbye to babchuk or send him back to albany and also add a solid veteran presence to our defense. He is not or will he ever be my first choice to bring in....High speculation he prefers to stay out west anyhow...

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We need Defense bad, definitely need more speed on the blue line.

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[quote name='dexterpyro']Not sure about Cole being resigned....Not at 4 million dollars, if he takes a significant pay cut then good. LaRose, Ruutu and Jokininen are almost must haves...[/QUOTE]

42 points and an even plus/minus in the regular season. I'll take someone like that on my team everyday and twice on sunday. He's still a top 6 forward. Maybe not worth 4 million, but I don't think he will be taking a significant pay cut.

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[quote name='RedMage138']42 points and an even plus/minus in the regular season. I'll take someone like that on my team everyday and twice on sunday. He's still a top 6 forward. Maybe not worth 4 million, but I don't think he will be taking a significant pay cut.[/QUOTE]

I agree with you that he can be a top six forward, I like his speed and tenacity, and he willingnes to do he small things, i just dont know if he is worth 4 million, 1.5 to 2.5 million would be a good figure to sign him at.

We have some cap space, no figures on next years cap but we had 5 million this year so we can expect more....probaly 7.5 to 9 million

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I think Adrian Aucoin is set to be a UFA this offseason. He's in his mid 30's, but dude could bring experience, and he's a solid player. His +/- wasn't great at -8, but I still think he's worth looking into. High buying price.

And if the 27 year old Mike Cammalleri doesn't resign, I would jump the moon to get him on this team. Dude just has a nose for making plays. Passing and scoring. Also high purchasing price.

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Marian Gaborik please

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The only way that Cole comes back is at a home team discount. He isnt going to get over 3 million from the Canes. We dont have alot of money to spend on FA, they are going to concentrate on keeping the guys they have in house already. Brind'amour hanging it up will give us a little extra cash space. LaRose isnt going anywhere and he might be the only UFA we keep, Rutuu and Jokinen are RFA and arent going to have the chance to go anywhere and I dont think they want to. As for bringing up the guys from the minors. I doubt your going to see Sutter up on the opening day roster, he still needs to put on more weight to fill out his frame. I have no doubt the Zach Boychuk will be on Staal's line come october. Look out for Dryson Bowman, Ive got a feeling he will be on the roster. Same goes for Mike Murphy, he will be the backup goalie next year. He just finished a great year in Bellview and should be the back up for Cam for the next 3-4 years. I really dont expect for them to make a run at any big names in free agency. Thats just not our style and that wont change this year. We always pick up cheap roll players and hope they can fill needs. Jeff Hamilton, Trevor Letowski, Dan Lacouture..... Ron Francis was the last big time free agent they signed. Ive got a feeling that Brind'amour is going to retire. I for one hope that he does. Staal is ready to wear the "C" and Roddy knows it. Staal, Cullen, Jokinen will fill out the center spot on the top 3 lines, not sure who will be on the 4th line. Training camp cant get here fast enough

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Litsening to Jim Rutherford on 99.9 the fan yesterday and he says there most improtant tasks are getting the Coach set and sign LaRose to a deal...then go from there on other players, draft and then FA....


I have to say I agree with him.....that is why he is the gm

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Well Brind'Amour isnt going to retire. I think thats a bad thing for our team.
Cole - Staal - Boychuk
Whitney - Cullen - Rutuu
LaRose - Jokinen - Samsonov
Eaves - Brind'Amour - Walker

This is what Im thinking the lines look like opening day 09. Lets just hope that they can get some guys locked up past next season. Ward, Cullen, Whitney..... all free agents.

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I think bridamour not retiring may be a good thing in the long run......Sutter can stay in the minors one more year and be an even better player when he comes up Full time....

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[quote name='CajunUp']Well Brind'Amour isnt going to retire. I think thats a bad thing for our team.
Cole - Staal - Boychuk
Whitney - Cullen - Rutuu
LaRose - Jokinen - Samsonov
Eaves - Brind'Amour - Walker

This is what Im thinking the lines look like opening day 09. Lets just hope that they can get some guys locked up past next season. Ward, Cullen, Whitney..... all free agents.[/QUOTE]I like that 3rd line,all 3 of them are overacheivers!I hope they sign Chad LaRose(Frodo)to a contract!

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I'm just not impressed w/E Cole,w/a tight salary cap,why should the Canes keep him?

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You keep Cole because of the Chemistry he has with Staal, he makes Staal a better player.... Just not for 4 million. I would like for the team to add another scorer on the first line either from the Minors or a FA and we need to get at least 2 speedy defense players to add to the mix.

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The only reason they should keep him is if the money is right. He is still a top 6 forward and he played like it in the regular season after the trade deadline. He does have chemistry with Staal and nobody is going to argue that, but like everybody here is saying at the right price.

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[quote name='CarolinaHurricanes.com'] Following his exit interview with GM Jim Rutherford, Erik Cole seemed confident that he would re-sign with the Hurricanes this summer. "I would expect that this is where I'll be (next season)," he said. "This was the organization that I first came in with, and there's a lot of loyalty there."[/quote]

full article: [url]http://hurricanes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=424219[/url]

This seems to be a done deal

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Looks like for the most part that Rutherford and company want to go with the same team as last year just add some size and skill on defense. I hope that we get the Coaching staff back, one of the best.......

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Bouwmesster would be sweet as hell. to bad our team is broke.

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