Rod Brind'Amour not likely to return to Hurricanes

Posted June 29, 2010
Updated June 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.


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  • fencergrrl Jun 30, 3:32 p.m.

    Brindy will be missed. He will always wear the C in my book! Glad he retired a Cane.

  • batlaxe66 Jun 30, 9:43 a.m.

    Rod's passion will be missed on our ice. Its sad to see great players age and leave their peak. We love you, Rod! "In Rod we trust!"

  • corona29 is loving some Pliney Jun 30, 9:42 a.m.

    Tough decision. Maybe it would be a good idea to keep him another year to help out the younger group with his leadership abilities. On the other hand he just hasn't played well at all the last two years.
    Either way I hope he continues to have a part in our organization and I think he would make a great addition to the coaching staff.

  • rocheccw Jun 30, 9:34 a.m.

    Weak minded decision here, before the season starts you're going to make another unpopular move... View More

    — Posted by canes017

    Actually, they only save $500K. They still have to replace him on the roster with another... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Actually you are both wrong. The money saved would be 2M this year, but add 1M next year. The buyout would be for 2/3rds of the remaining contract spread over twice the number of years remaining.

    In Rod's case with 1 year & 3M remaining. The buyout would be 2M over the next 2 years. So the net gain would be 2M this year. Probably 1.5M once you have a replacement player at 500K.

    Since his contract was signed after his 35th birthday, the cap hit for Rod would remain 3.6M. But the Canes only care about the actual payroll, not the Salary Cap.

  • map1agmachining Jun 30, 9:17 a.m.

    Have been to many games with the wife since 97. We've always enjoyed Brind'Mor on the ice. Canes should bottle his enthusiasm towards the game and make the players drink it before each game.

    Best wishes to Rod Brind'Amour.

  • Deacons Jun 30, 9:16 a.m.

    He deserves to play another year if he wants to simply by bringing the Stanley Cup to Raleigh. Loyalty is a two way street. Thanks Rod for all you have done for the Hurricanes. I wish you the best.

  • kenshi Jun 30, 9:08 a.m.

    It is definitely time Roddy made the transition from on the ice to the training room.

  • Ken D. Jun 30, 9:05 a.m.

    Weak minded decision here, before the season starts you're going to make another unpopular move... View More

    — 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?

  • Valkyrie Jun 30, 9:01 a.m.

    You know its time, but no one is happy about it.

    Best wishes to Rod Brind'Amour.

  • RPHEELS23 Jun 30, 8:55 a.m.

    What he did for this orgnization - especially the year we won the cup will never be forgotten and I respect the man for giving everything he has had over these past few years to this team and this city. I do believe it is time for him to hang up the skates and become a part of the management team here in Raleigh. Whatever he decides to do, he is a class act and deserves nothing but respect and the best in these final moments of his career. We'll never forget #17 lifting that CUP in Raleigh on June 19, 2006 - the day our city became a professional sports champion! Thank you for all the memories Rod!




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