Jun 30, 2010
The Carolina Hurricanes may be on the verge of parting ways with Rod Brind'Amour.
Sources told WRAL late Tuesday that the former Hurricanes captain is not likely to play for the Canes next season.
Carolina does have the option of buying out Brind'Amour's contract. He has one year left on a $3 million deal. The Canes have a 5:30 p.m. deadline Wednesday to inform the league of a buyout.
Brind'Amour's production has dropped sharply in the last two seasons. The Hurricanes removed his status as team captain last year.
The sources would not confirm that a buyout specifically will take place, but they do make it clear that Brind'Amour believes he can still play in the NHL
Only now, it does not not look like he'll be playing for the Carolina Hurricanes.
- Posted by Ken D.Weak minded decision here, before the season starts you're going to make another unpopular move in the locker room, remove the best leader on the team from an increasingly younger team, and all to save 1 million dollars? They still have to pay him 2 million of the 3 million he is owed, it'll be more valuable to hold onto one of the three best players in franchise history and bury him on the 4th line. Weak Rutherford, weak.- Posted by canes017
Actually, they only save $500K. They still have to replace him on the roster with another player at the league minimum of $500K.
Somehow, Roddy and the team need to find a way for him to end his playing career with dignity and good will, so he can continue to be a part of this franchise in some capacity. But it's not all on Rutherford to do that. Roddy has to cooperate too. How embarrassing would it be for him if he decided to walk away from the Canes and then not find another team willing to pick him up based on last year's performance?