Carolina Very Interested in Allison

Carolina have today further demonstrated their interest in injured superstar center Jason Allison, requesting him in Raleigh to undergo medical examinations in light of his injury-riddled past. This puts the Canes in the running with the Edmonton Oilers in the race to get his signature. Allison’s agent has stated that he would have a real interest in playing for the Hurricanes. The most difficult part for these teams interested in Allison though, will be gauging a salary agreement, considering his massive injury history weighed up against the stellar numbers he posted last time he was playing.

One of the biggest connections and interest reasons for Allison in Carolina would be new head coach Peter Laviolette who was around in Boston back when Allison was the star player there. Laviolette has contacted Allison about the idea and thus Allison and his agent have shown this moderate amount of interest in a potential deal.

Allison has been better than a point per game in the last 2 and a half seasons he has played for Los Angeles. Obviously a lot of the production would’ve stemmed from his chemistry with fellow stars there Adam Deadmarsh and Zigmund Palffy. If Allison were to move to Carolina, it would be hoped he could strike up a good partnership with players such as Cole, Brind’Amour, O’Neill, Staal, Vrbata and Williams.

I’m a big Allison fan. I feel on his day that without injuries, he is one of the most productive players in the league. The big question mark still looms with the injuries. If Allison were to join the Canes, he would make an excellent acquisition as first line center, with Staal playing number 2 (hopefully) and Brind’Amour at 3rd line. I would love to see a Cole – Allison – O’Neill line for them.

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WILLIAMS ALSO RE-SIGNED

The Canes today also re-signed winger Justin Williams. This was a good signing for the Canes, as Williams, though he had a slightly disappointing season by his own standards, was a good acquisition for them from the Flyers, and lead the team with 33 assists. The financial terms weren’t disclosed and weren’t available yet on NHLPA, however it is only a one year deal. I expect Williams to be putting up better numbers this next campaign, especially with a full season at Carolina and perhaps the potential arrival of Jason Allison.

Ross Byrnes (Nothingman)

Vice Admin of Wowhockey


7 Responses to Carolina Very Interested in Allison

  1. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Allison could be a big pick up for carolina but they better write the contract carefully. Lindros could have been huge in NY and got paid like he was a star that he never was. Nevertheless, the canes need to put asses in seats thus Allison could be a really nice addition for them.

    As for Justin Williams – I think the canes got fleeced in trading and affordable Danni Markov for him. Williams was a poor 2 way player when on the 2nd line in Philly. Despite the assists, he has a long way to go to prove himself as a top notch player. As for the excuse of not having good players around him – the Flyers had JR, Handzus and Primeau to play with him. Is that not good enough? Perhaps he needs more time but in my world, you simply do not trade a mobile, tough d-man – early in his carreer unless you are getting a REALLY top player back in return.

  2. AmazingHockeyPckWackerGuy says:

    Allison’s got nothing left in him hes never gonna be like he used to be, carolina should just walk away and save some dignity(if they have any left)…go after cliff ronning instead…this guy is awesome and shows up ready to play at every game…he should have been the first guy gone in free agency…..and robert reichel

  3. raine_kalisz says:

    Williams didn’t play much with these top players, and Primeau is only an offensive force in the playoffs. He’s still really young too. He’s the future.

  4. raine_kalisz says:

    Allison is a steal right now. He’s a franchise player and he’s willing to come cheap because he’s coming off injury. The thing is whether to sign him short or long term. If you sign him short and he deosn’t get hurt his value for the next year will skyrocket and be far beyond the oils and canes budgets. However if you sign him long and he gets hurt you’re stuck with a big payroll, but no use as LA was.

  5. raine_kalisz says:

    You don’t want reichel. As someone who watches the Leafs I can assure you of this. Ronning is also old, and very small and frail. He can make plays, and tries to grind, but as you may have saw last year with the Isles, he’s starts fast but declines very quickly.

  6. MantaRay says:

    Any team that is willing to sign Allison, better pay him and play him like a 4th line player. One hit and he’s done. Its cheaper to play an undamaged rookie.

  7. flyersfan10897 says:

    williams played pretty much a whole season with gagne and roenick, both who put up more than 60 points, and had around 40 i think.

    williams still plays with a little bit of hesitation and a reluctance to do certain things. i think if he can clear that up he could eventually be a 25 goal, 35-40 assist player.

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