Giving Him A Little Exposure…

The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they recalled veteran goaltender Arturs Irbe from the minors.

According to Jim Rutherford, team GM, he is expected to play within a week from now.

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Veteran goalie Irbe returns to Hurricanes after exile to minor league

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Carolina is bringing back goalie Arturs Irbe, who led the team to the 2002 Stanley Cup final and shouldered the much of the blame when the Hurricanes recorded the fewest points in the NHL last season.

Irbe, 37, has spent this season in the East Coast Hockey League with the Johnstown Chiefs after refusing a $1.8-million US buyout of his two-year, $5.2-million contract. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told The News & Observer on Tuesday night he expects Irbe to play within the next week.

“We want to keep all our options open going forward based on the situation we’re in now,” Rutherford said.

The Hurricanes are 13th in the Eastern Conference, 15 points out of a playoff spot with 24 games remaining.

Irbe will back up starter Kevin Weekes. Rutherford said he planned to meet Wednesday with Jamie Storr, the current backup.

Since he joined the Hurricanes in October, Storr is 0-8-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average in 14 appearances.

Irbe, a native of Latvia and a former Olympian, was 10-8 in 18 games in 2002 when the Hurricanes made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup final. Weekes was tapped as the starter the following season, and Irbe split his time between Lowell of the American Hockey League, the Hurricane’s top minor-league affiliate, and Carolina.

He had a 7-24-2 record in 34 NHL games last season and a 3.18 GAA.

Irbe was 9-3-1 this season with Johnston with a 1.98 GAA. His .931 save percentage ranks fourth in that league this season.

He is Carolina’s career leader in games played by a goalie (299), wins (125) and shutouts (20).


My take on this: It’s obvious that the Canes expect that Irbe will perform well, in order for a team to bite and trade for him. Any team looking for a veteran backup and going into the playoffs could be interested in Irbe. Team like Colorado or Nashville could very well give a call to Rutherford.

The canes won’t ask much for his services as they just want to get rid of him. It’s clear that Irbe could be a cheap and much more affordable option than goalies like Olaf Kolzig or Nikolai Khabibulin. I wouldn’t be surprised, given that Irbe shows he still can do the job in the next weeks, that he’ll be traded somewhere.



13 Responses to Giving Him A Little Exposure…

  1. Aetherial says:

    definitely a show-casing move.

    Someone will probably pick him up as a negative thrown-in for a deal with Carolina. OR if Carolina picks up some of his salary.

    Hell, it may even be the Leafs after watching Trevor Kidd lately.

  2. Mailman says:

    dont blame kidd, blame his stingey defence and constantly being a man down because of powerplays :-/

  3. Scottman75 says:


    He would come at a cheaper price than Kolzig.

    I think both the Defence and the BACK UP were to blame for the last couple of weeks performance in T.O.

    Kidd just doesn’t make the saves when the team needs him to. He looked aweful last night and has only looked good in One game all year, so I don’t know where Quinn gets off supporting him! (I thinking they’re throwing smoke in order to cook up a trade)



  4. distance7 says:

    Irbe seems like a good guy, hopefully someone will pick him up….but…

    Peter Bondra just traded to Ottawa for Brooks Laich and a 2nd round pick in 2005….Go Caps…

  5. wingedim says:

    I’ve wondered where he was ‘exiled’ to. It’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the call up though. Yes it’s an obvious showcase move, but if he performs at the levels he did when Carolina made the playoff run, could you see Storr traded instead? Just a thought….

  6. dkball7 says:

    Of course they want him up, Storr is probably the worst backup in the NHL right now, and Weeks cannot play every game. Its just that simple.

  7. Enigma says:

    The Ottawa Senators announced they have acquired five-time all-star Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Brooks Laich, playing with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League, and the Senators’ second round pick in the 2005 entry draft.


  8. Enigma says:

    I think they’d be better off going after Brent Johnsen

  9. Hyfte says:

    Irbe is not bad and storr is shit so why not give him a chance.

    By the way Nashville doesn’t need a backup Chris Mason is a great one.

  10. Lint07 says:

    I know Mason is good.

    He does not, however have playoff experience. Irbe does and would come cheap.

  11. Pucked says:

    Archie is a good goalie. His better days are behind him, but he still has a few good years as a backup. Lets hope he can be “like wall” for some team needing a good backup.

  12. mojo19 says:

    defense was bad, but kidd was brutal. the first goal should never have beat him, and he just is over all awkward.

  13. mojo19 says:

    i would say no mostly because of age

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