Forslund: Lindholm is a great fit for Hurricanes

Posted July 1, 2013

Despite many reports Sunday that the Hurricanes were shopping their first-round pick, Carolina stayed pat and drafted center Elias Lindholm from Sweden with the No. 5 overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft.

“Lindholm is going to be a very good player,” Hurricanes television play-by-play announcer John Forslund said while joining Mike and Mark on The World’s Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz Monday morning. The Hurricanes tabbed Lindholm No.4 on their draft board.

“If you’re at No. 5, why not take the prime player,” Forslund said. “You can’t have enough down the middle. If you’re going to win, it’s not going to just be Eric and Jordan (Staal). It’s going to have to be another playing back there.”

The Hurricanes are unsure who will play center on the third and fourth lines as they enter the offseason. If the 18-year-old, 6-foot, Lindholm fails to make the Hurricanes roster, he will play the season for the professional Swedish hockey team Brynäs IF instead of the Charlotte Checkers. Last season, Lindholm recorded 11 goals and 19 assists in 48 games with Brynäs IF.

Forslund said the Hurricanes narrowed their choices for the fifth pick to Sean Monahan, Valeri Nichushkin and Elias Lindholm.

The Hurricanes were one pick shy of top defenseman Seth Jones, who fell to No. 4, but the Nashville Predators were reluctant to give up their No. 1 rated player. Forslund said hypothetically, if the Hurricanes wanted Jones, they would have had to trade Jeff Skinner and the fifth pick in exchange for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s third pick.

The Hurricanes dealt the 35th overall pick and Jamie McBain to the Buffalo Sabres for veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera. Sekera joins the Hurricanes with a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

The 6-foot defenseman has the opportunity to be a top-four defenseman and is projected to be paired with Tim Gleason. The 27-year-old recorded two goals, 10 assists and four penalty minutes in 37 games last season with the Sabres.

“Player-for-player, they improved,” said Forslund. “Sekera is an excellent skater. He can get the puck out of trouble on his own. He has excellent mobility and moves the puck well, at times.”

General Manager Jim Rutherford still has several question marks on defense, including Joni Pitkanen and Brett Bellemore. Pitkanen is recovering from a broken heel suffered in April against the Washington Capitals and is set to make $4.5 million this season. The team currently has spent around $60 of their $64,300,000 million for the 2013-14 season and still needs to add muscle to their blue line. The free agency period officially begins Friday, July 5.


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  • MadMaxx Jul 1, 2013

    Ok, yes we have another forward/center. But what about the defense. we have no defense as usual. Cannot wait to hear Tripp explain how his boss is the greatest GM ever on the planet earth! Rutherford has to go. Plain and simple, he was good once, now it is time for new blood to see how to win today, not 8 years ago.

  • caniacman Jul 1, 2013

    They did add a top 4 D with Skera, he may not be fancy but is just what they need. You see here the asking price to move up to 3 was Jeff Skinner. Dont think that would have been a smart move, also having forwards that get back and help in their own end like Lindholm help take pressure off the D.

  • ktstcanes Jul 1, 2013

    So, I decided to go to capgeek and do some numbers crunching. There really ain't a lot of money left to play with for the Canes.

    Right now we stand as follows:

    Cap is: 64.3 million

    Present salaries: 57.9 million

    Cap space: 6.4 Million

    If you go to the reserve list on capgeek, you can add the actual salaries that are paid to the players instead of what is included against the cap. That total is approximately 2.8 million more than the cap hit.

    So in all actuality, the Canes payroll for this year is 60.7 million dollars for the players they have signed. Not a lot of monies to work with really. The free agent signings will be very slim.............

  • ktstcanes Jul 1, 2013

    BTW, Keith Ballard put on waivers. Stay at home guy. Cap hit is 4.3 million. Get rid of pitkanen, bring Murphy up, claim Ballard and now you have Gleason, Harry, Ballard, and the "FNG" as your stay at homers!!!!!!

  • jhilfiker2001 Jul 1, 2013

    Cam Ward over/under games played 10
    I am going under.

  • bigfella Jul 1, 2013

    Of course he is going to say it's a good pick, look who signs his checks.

  • The Greatest Ever Jul 1, 2013

    Who cares, the Canes suck and always will!

  • kenshi Jul 1, 2013

    View quoted thread

    You must have been looking into the mirror and gotten confused.

  • StunGunn Jul 1, 2013

    View quoted thread

    Agree - heard this about their cap space back in the spring. Think there will be any takers for Pitkanen?

  • hsiflee Jul 1, 2013

    what was he going to say...He isn't a great fit?




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