Jason Allison – A Caniac?

“When healthy, Jason Allison is among the most dominant players in the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping the free agent can regain that form despite sitting out since January 2003, and regain it in Carolina.” Raleigh News and Observer 7.29.04


Assuming Allison stays healthy:

I’m confused at this point what Carolina is doing with its centers. Here’s my understanding.

1) Rod BrindAmor- Fine. I understand this one. 5 years left on an inflated contract. Not going anywhere but is the best faceoff man in the league.

2) Eric Staal. Doesn’t work on the wing. We’ve tried it. Fine.

3) Just picked up Matt Cullen? He’s too good for the minors so he has to go here because…

4) the rest of the team may stuggle but Kevin Adams is the best 4th line center in the NHL (is Chris Draper 4th line? it’d be close).

Moved Vasicek to LW and he had a career year- Yea!. Moved M.Murry to LW and he worked out fine there as well (although I’d trade him just to get rid of him and make room on the roster for prospects).

If we resign Zigomanis he’ll stay in the minors. Staal wouldn’t have any growth in Lowell (AHL affiliate), and K.Adams is too good for the minors as well.

So what do we do if Allison Comes?

The only thing I can think of, and this is a BIG stretch:

Move Rod to LW (where he started in St. Louis)

Make Allison center, and keep ONeill at RW.

Or move Rod to L2 and ruin all the chemistry it took 3/4 of last season for the team to get.

But then you have to kick Brendl back down to the AHL and he needs to break into the NHL full time otherwise he’ll deteriorate from non-use.

And then there’s LW’s in the minors Bayda, Kurka, Defauw, Surma, all in the minors and waiting for their chance to go full time on the forth line, not to mention Andrew Ladd.

It would be a mess!!!


12 Responses to Jason Allison – A Caniac?

  1. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    I highly doubt that Brnd’amour has 5 years left on his deal. He was traded and the resigned at about the same level as Primeau (they got HOSED on that deal) who’d deal just ended.

    I would stay FAR away from Allison unless his contract was LOADED with clauses about healthy play. This isn’t the NFL. They players want the owners to take all of the risk when guy go Jell-o brain every year. Just ask Eric. Very risky for the owners when you are talking about such a big ticket player.

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    It says Jamie Allison but u talk about Jason Allison.

  3. ranger_fan says:

    Ha, don’t go with injury clauses…LINDROS ANYONE!?

  4. dkball7 says:

    Right now Jan Hrdina is the best 4th line center in the league.

  5. distance7 says:

    Don’t worry, Jamie is back in Nashville this year…where he can once again focus on getting a country music record contract instead of playing hockey…….HOORAH!

  6. Pens4Ever says:

    He isn’t a 4th center line center in this league….

    Maybe 3rd line…not a 4th line

  7. BADBANNER says:

    Why is Carolina so interested in this guy?, especially when there are alot better free agents out there. If there looking for a top line center so bad why not sign Zhamnov, or Damphousse?

    Another thing i find strange about this why there just letting thier top goaltender walk away to sign an injury prone center. Wouldn’t they be better off with Weeks, rather than having Allison with Gerber in net?

    In any case I hope Carolina trades O’Neill to the leafs soon. lol does anyone think a Nolan for O’Neill swap would work :), of course adding all the goodies to the deal as well (like picks, prospects).

  8. big_booty says:

    First of all, I’d stay as far away from Jason Allison as possible. He’s still not healthy after almost a year and a half off the ice and still retains his horrible attitude that got him run out of Boston. Bring back Francis before this clown.

    Second, Brind’Amour HATES playing wing, everyone knows that. He’ll do it if asked, but he’s not as effective. Not a good idea to make someone do what they don’t want to. I would not call him the best face-off man in the league, either. Players like Nieuwendyk, Federov, and Sakic ahead of him in this regard.

  9. Kamakaze says:

    On the Devil’s he is. Gomez on 1st, Kozlov/Brilyn 2nd, Madden 3rd and Hrdina on 4th.

  10. Lucas says:

    Yannick Pereault

  11. caniac1026 says:

    Excuse me, he was 3rd in the league (#2 played in 8 games), not 1st (Pereault)

    He was second in ATOI amongst the top 50 FO%ers — only Joe Thorton had more.

    I love stats, you can make them say whatever you want!

  12. caniac1026 says:


    What is it with Carolina and Toronto swapping?

    I wouldn’t swap our tough guys for the world. Boulrice gets better every year and Domi irritates the shnikee outa me.

    In regards to Weekes, I think this is a tragic decision but Carolina needs to put itself in a position where they can test their young goalies (ie. Ward and Desrochers).

    I hope Jim Rutherford is right when he says that Gerber will play as good as Weeksy did. Otherwise we’ll stink worse, improved PP or not.

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