The winds of change are blowing through Carolina.

On Wednesday, the Hurricanes named Eric Staal the team’s new captain and also asked leading scorer Ray Whitney and defenceman Niclas Wallin to waive their no trade clauses.

While general manager Jim Rutherford says he expects the team to compete for the rest of the season, he indicated that he’ll likely trade away some veteran players before the March 3 deadline.

Whitney and Wallin join a list of player believed to be available for trade that also includes Matt Cullen, Scott Walker, Stephane Yelle, Andrew Alberts, Aaron Ward and Manny Legace.

Carolina sits 30th in the National Hockey League and is clearly positioning for first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The move to change the captaincy was discussed for some time with both Staal and veteran forward Rod Brind’Amour for some time.

”The time has come now for Eric to assume the top leadership role for his teammates,” Rutherford said in a statement.

”This is part of the rebuilding process for the Hurricanes, as Eric is the player around whom the team will be structured. We feel confident in Eric’s ability to lead his teammates and are excited to begin this next era.”

Brind’Amour had served as the team’s captain since August of 2005 and will remain as an alternate captain.

”Rod has been the consummate leader for the Hurricanes since his acquisition nearly 10 years ago,” said Rutherford. ”He is the only captain in franchise history to lift the Stanley Cup, and he will continue to play a leadership role in our organization.”

Sources say that Brind’Amour was given veto power over the captaincy change and he chose not to use it.

7 Responses to The winds of change are blowing through Carolina.

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    Race for taylor Hall is on who makes a trade first….oilers or Canes????

  2. JannettyTheRocker says:

    It's kinda sad. Back in 2006, the Oilers & Canes faced each other in the Stanley Cup Finals………and now just a four short years later, they are again in a battle, but it's to see who can be worse and get the #1 overall pick, so they can select Taylor Hall. Well, I'll say exactly what I said during the run in 2006, GO OILERS GO!!! GO OILERS GO!!!! 2010 LAST PLACE TEAM, 2010 #1 OVERALL DRAFT PICK!!!! Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

  3. honestabe says:

    Just watch, Rutherford is going to pull a pittsburgh…..

  4. reinjosh says:

    you will be pleasantly surprised when you Have one of Seguin or Hall along with Eberle and MSP  on your team.
    One year of bad play for a lot of years with a good young forward core…Good deal.

  5. tacitus says:

    Whitney to the wings for a second

  6. wec69 says:

    how long will it take before the canes ex coach in philly recommends a player pickup from his former team, and who might that be?

  7. futurebruin says:

    So, if the Oilers and 'Canes are trying to get Taylor Hall, where does that leave Boston with Toronto's pick?

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