Trades coming for the Hurricanes?

Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”

“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”

Because of injuries to forwards Scott Walker and Sergei Samsonov, the Hurricanes recalled Zach Boychuk and Jiri Tlusty from the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League for the Rangers game Saturday. Rutherford said both had “good games” in the victory, although both were returned to the Rats.

Walker, who suffered an upper-body injury in a loss to the Rangers on New Year’s Eve, is expected to have surgery today and be out for about a month, Rutherford said. Samsonov, listed as “day-to-day,” could return this week.

Forwards Erik Cole and Chad LaRose also are close to rejoining the lineup after being sidelined with upper-body injuries. Corvo did some light skating and shooting Monday before practice, but his return date is uncertain.

As for the Hurricanes’ first-half woes, the warning signs were there from the start.

In the season-opener, at the RBC Center, the Canes were shut out 2-0 by Ray Emery and the Philadelphia Flyers, going 0-for-8 on the power play and picking up 29 penalty minutes.

In the second game, at Boston, the Canes were hammered 7-2 by the Bruins, were 1-for-10 on the power play and had 44 penalty minutes. Late in the game, Cole broke a bone in a leg and was out of 19 games

23 Responses to Trades coming for the Hurricanes?

  1. leafy says:

    I cannot believe the number of injuries in the NHL. Add Savard and Holmstrom to the list.

    What the hell is wrong with hockey today? It gets to the point where trade rumors have become redundant. The chances are very high the player you pay a heavy price to get will get injured anyway.

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    The hardest hit are Boston, Ottawa, Carolina and Detroit byfar.

    1. Gots to be Detroit

    2. Gots to be Boston

    3. Gots to be Carolina

    4. Gots to be Ottawa

  3. pezzz123 says:

    To Calgary : Ray Whitney, Tim Gleason

    To Carolina : Cory Sarich, Dustin Boyd, 2nd round pick, 2nd round pick

  4. cam7777 says:

    They don't have a 2nd round pick.

  5. Kramer says:

    I saw Avatar. It's a true story. They're playing hockey on alpha centauri as we speak.

  6. honestabe says:

    It sure seems like allot more.  It seems like there's been allot more broken bone injuries than normal.  But then again, the defensive strategy used to be to clear the front of the net.  Now it seems like they try to get as many people in front of the net as possible and try to block shots.  That's gotta cause more injuries.  

    But there also seems to be allot more players with cut achilles tendons and ligaments.   
    Concussions and head injuries.  There's no doubt those shoulder pads and elbow pads are allot harder than they used to be.   Watch some of the classic games from the 80's and 79's.  Players are finishing their checks allot more than they used to.  And the checks are allot harder.

    Did you see the hit in the Phoeniz/Canucks game?  That was such a bad hit.  I mean what is a guy thinking about when you come in full speed and hit someone straight in the numbers?  And the ref was standing 5 feet away and didn't call a penalty!!!!   I used to play.  It's not that hard to ease off on a hit when you're looking straight at the other guys back.  You're starting to see allot more bad hits like that, hitting guys in vulnerable positions.  There seems to be allot of players out there who are actually trying to hurt other players.  Not serious hurt, but definately inflict pain, bruises, maybe even a broken bone or two,  that sort of thing.    But its a fine line between hitting a guy hard enough to give him a few bruises, and hitting him hard enough to give him a concussion or worse.
    Travis Hamonic (world junior game) was very lucky he wasn't more seriously hurt going in head first into the boards like that.

  7. honestabe says:

    Speak of the devil.  Just watching highlights of the predators/canes game.  the Alberts hit on Sullivan.  He could have easily crippled him with that hit!!!!!  

  8. pezzz123 says:

    True. I just looked it up. Rene Bourque trade. But we do have 2 3rd rounders. We could pack them to trade up.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    I do not see Carolina trading Gleason, not for that anyway. Sarich is 8 yrs older and not nearly as effective. Plus he is the key to their defence core.

  10. KingCanada says:

    So they are clearly trying to make some space for Tlusty and Boychuk meaning they might be looking to move 2 forwards.

    Ray Whitney obvious choice number 1.  Matt Cullen has been traded as rental from Carolina before and I dont see why they wouldnt do it again.  He is on pace for 45-50 points and could get them a 3rd rounder roughly.

    I also see them trading a defencemen or 2 since they have 3 UFAs (Corvo, Ward, Wallin) all of which have decent value for playoff bound teams.  Can never have too many defencemen in the playoffs.  Especially at the cost of say a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

    So after Kovalchuk (if he even is traded) is Ray Whitney the next best commodity?  If Im a Canes fan Im hoping Kovalchuk doesnt move which increases Whitneys value to maybe another 1st rounder?

  11. number15 says:

    lol, Ray Whitney will NOT, land you a 1st rounder.

  12. KingCanada says:

    Maybe not but in a market with more buyers then sellers (or sellable players rather) the sellers always win and the buyers overpay.  Stranger things have happenned.

    Shane Obrien went for a 1st

    Ladislav Nagy went for a 1st

    If Brian Sutherby is worth a 2nd round pick….anything can happen?

    Im not saying he is definatly worth it but when teams get desperate strange things happen!  Ray Whitney is also a proven winner a Stanley Cup Champ!  So who knows…he's on pace for 50-60 points, very decent production from the vet.

    Theres also a team like Boston that has two first round picks making that draft pick very expendable.

  13. reinjosh says:

    how do you figure?
    He is a great leader who can get you 65 – 80 point seasons (more likely 70 points). How he isnt a first rounder type player is beyond me.

  14. pezzz123 says:

    yeah. Either a 1rst rounder OR a good prospect + a 2nd.

  15. reinjosh says:

    yeah i agree
    its funny how much first rounders get skewed
    one year they can be worth almost nothing, the next they are worth beyond diamonds

  16. pezzz123 says:

    This draft is not good after the top 10-12. I think teams will not hold onto their 1rst rounders like previous years. 2011 draft is stated to be even worse.

  17. cam7777 says:

    They also don't have one next year, as they traded it to Toronto, and then Toronto traded it to Chicago (Stralman/Primeau and then the pre-Kessel deal).  So, tough to trade up twice – that's a lot work for not a huge return.

    What do you make of all this Phaneuf trade rumor mumbo-jumbo?  I personally think their must be some truth behind all of this.  I think reinjosh made a good point in another thread, about Phaneuf having been usurped by Bouwmeester, and the supporting cast all playing well enough to move on without Dion.  How about this trade:

    To CGY; Richards, Daley, Brunnstrom, 1st in 2011
    To DAL: Phaneuf, Jokinen

    L1: Glencross, Richards, Iginla
    L2: Bourque, Langkow, Moss
    L3: Dawes, Conroy, Brunnstrom
    L4: Nystrom, Boyd, Sjostrom

    D1: Bouwmeester, Daley
    D2: Regehr, Sarich
    D3: Pardy, Giordano

    Ex: McGrattan, Kronwall, Johnson, Prust

    GT: Kipprusoff, McElhinney

    The Flames get a playmaking center instead of a shooting center that has little chemistry with the rest of the team.  They also get a playoff hero, and a legit first line center.  The Stars tack on a future linemate and countrymen for Backlund to play with, and a stopgap solution for the Phaneuf hole.  The Stars get a franchise defensemen, and clear some capspace (even though it's not that necessary).  I love the look of the Stars core moving forward:

    Phaneuf, Robidas, Neal, Morrow, Eriksson, Glennie, Benn, Turco.  They need a couple of strong centers, but Jokinen is a pretty good stop-gap solution there.  I feel this package allows them to either continue unhindered, or tank and go for another high draft pick.  I dunno, just a thought.

  18. cam7777 says:

    This is a good point, but I seem to think that Whitney's age comes into play at some point.  I mean, by the time the playoffs get underway, the man will be 38 years old.  Now, I know he's still got something left in the tank, but it's not as though the potential to keep him in the fold for 2 or 3 playoff runs is even a possibility.  I have to think that Whitney falls to a 2nd rounder, but I could be wrong.

    Where does this put Matt Stajan and Alex Ponikarovsky, both of whom are out-performing Whitney in pretty much every category?  I guess to each his own though.  A team like Chicago may not fret about throwing away a late 1st rounder to grab Whitney, but a team like Nashville or Los Angeles may choose to spend that pick on someone who they can keep in the fold for a while – and that's where the younger pending UFA's come into play.  It will be interesting to see.

  19. pezzz123 says:

    It's true that Stajan and Ponikarovsky outperform Whitney in almost everywhere this year, but it's not the only thing. Whitney has already won a Cup, and bring leadership that neither Stajan or Poni have. Also, these 2 will command both a hefty raise, when you could resign Whitney for 1-2 years at around 2 million.

  20. cam7777 says:

    Yes, but potentially watch him decline.  It would be pretty hard for me to argue that Poni and Stajan are better player than Whitney at this point, but I think guys like this need to be given the chane to write their own post-season script at some point too.  I mean, how do we really know what Poni and Stajan will bring after April, since they've never really had the chance. 

    Like I said, I guess it depends what kind of club you are.  If you are stacked, and would prefer the sure thing that won't last as long, then by all means, Whitney is your man.  But I have to thnk that there will be teams that would rather see what Matt Stajan can do when it really counts, and he has a solid team around him.  Or how Ponikarovsky responds when it really matters, and he once again has a center who is top notch. 

  21. reinjosh says:

    Its a decent trade for sure.
    They get a 1st line centere for Iggy. Some scoring help in the top 9 and a first next year.
    I would think though that Sutter would probably push big time for Neal or Benn rather than Brunnstrom and the 1st. especially Neal. Although I see Neal as being untouchable on Dallas.

  22. wec69 says:

    i wonder if there will be a couple trades with philly since they  have laviolette?
    any thoughts

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