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Mike Maniscalco

Canes say 'no' at the deadline

Posted February 27, 2012
Updated February 28, 2012

There is an old saying in sports that goes, "Sometimes it is the trades you don’t make that are more helpful than the ones you do." The Carolina Hurricanes are hoping that is sage wisdom after making no deals at the NHL trade deadline.

The fact that the Canes are second from the bottom in the Eastern Conference and stood pat didn’t bother General Manager Jim Rutherford. “I’m actually more than okay with it,” he said.

Conventional thought was that defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek would be moved by the deadline. Both players are unrestricted free agents at season’s end. Allen was pulled of the trade block early Monday, and the deal wasn’t there for Spacek. Rutherford said that teams had inquired earlier for the veteran. “For the most part he was second or third on teams' lists and teams never got to that and we never got to the point of getting an offer,” he said.

Does pulling Allen of the block mean the Canes have an inside track on signing him? The GM hedged on saying that it’s a done deal but knows there is more value than just on the ice.

"Hard to say, but he is a really good team guy," Rutherford said.

Jim Rutherford Rutherford explains Canes' quiet trade deadline day

The Canes have until July 1 to sign Allen and at no time were asked or asked Allen or his agent to waive his movement.

The Canes have held on to potential free agents Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason by extending their contracts before they could hit free agency this summer.

The reasoning for Rutherford is simple. "Both of these players are still in their 20s,” Rutherford said before doing the deals and reiterated Monday.

Part of the reason for not making a deal is the team’s resurgence under head coach Kirk Muller. Since Muller stepped behind the bench the Canes have posted a 15-13-8 record, and the style of play wasn’t lost on Rutherford.

“He’s brought in new ideas and he has brought in a work ethic that the players have bought into. Certainly it will make a difference for Kirk to have his own training camp from the start of the season. He gets a look to see what he has got,” Rutherford said.

Muller’s influence also might have had something to do with the team’s lack of activity Monday.

“Based on my conversations with him, he likes all the players here,” said Rutherford. And while nothing was done at the deadline, changes still have to come.

“But if he was sitting here, I would give you the same answer. Finding one or two more players is going to make a big difference.”

The most likely option is that Carolina would get a top 6 forward by free agency or off-season trade, but there is another place where teams find talent – the draft, and the general manager is aware his team is in a spot to grab that player without giving up talent. “If the draft was today, we’d improve it immediately, because we’d be picking in the top five, and if you pick in the top five of this year’s draft you’re going to get a pretty good player.”

The Canes weren’t going to land that player Monday, and time will tell if holding on to the assets today will payoff for the team tomorrow.

Canes Practice Notes

Taking a Shot:
Justin Faulk led off shootout practice with some filth that beats Cam Ward. In case you didn’t know-filth is a good thing. Jussi Jokinen ends the shootout drill by beating Ward and Peters in round 2. The final 3 Jokinen Anthony Stewart and Jerome Samson, no idea if that means that Samson and Stewart who haven’t taken a shootout attempt for the Canes will get a crack, pretty certain it means Jussi Jokinen will be.

Walking wounded:

Goalie Cam Ward was in the pipes at practice and is expected back to game action this week, Brian Boucher is still about a week away. Forwards Chad LaRose, Jiri Tlusty and Pat Dwyer were missing from practice today with assorted injuries.

Jim Rutherford updated the injury situation, LaRose is a week away from game action, Tuomo Ruutu with his “upper body” concern is 2-3 weeks away, Joni Pitkanen who has been out since December with concussion and knee problems is 2-3 weeks away. Pat Dwyer injured in the Panthers game is out a few weeks.

The Canes have recalled Zach Boychuk from Charlotte on an emergency recall to take Dwyer’s spot.
 

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  • RainierBeer Feb 28, 3:16 p.m.

    canes fans are like State fans, "wait 'til next year"

  • NCCaniac Feb 28, 3:10 p.m.

    Spare me the chatter. NO big buck spent and no big players on the team.
    Ughh for the upcoming... View More

    — Posted by bubbba

    Big bucks and "big players" are no guarantee to winning. Look at what the Blackhawks are doing this year. Washington has been up and down with several "big players". If the Canes had been playing all season the way they are playing since Muller was hired, they would be in the top 8. And as the Canes have shown in the past, once you are in the playoffs, anything is possible. Fans here have to face facts that the Canes cannot spend like the Red Wings or the Rangers. They have to build through retaining their core players and hitting it right on the draft. Players like Sutter, Skinner, and now Faulk have been "wins" in the draft (most any other team in the league would take them in a heartbeat). Add a few more like that and you are now talking about a team contending for the Southeast division and a 3 seed in the playoffs.

  • bubbba Feb 28, 2:55 p.m.

    Spare me the chatter. NO big buck spent and no big players on the team.
    Ughh for the upcoming season again.

  • Hans Feb 28, 2:00 p.m.

    This is to funny! When the Hurricanes are winning there are fans everywhere! But when they are... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Hey! There're dozens of "caniacs" around. I saw a shirt just the other day!

  • chuck2 Feb 28, 12:50 p.m.

    This is to funny! When the Hurricanes are winning there are fans everywhere! But when they are... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Here I am. Will have them on the tube this week and will be at the RBC Sturday.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 28, 7:59 a.m.

    This is to funny! When the Hurricanes are winning there are fans everywhere! But when they are not!! Well you get the picture!

  • caniacman Feb 28, 7:50 a.m.

    I think the only surprise was Spacek not moving but it sounds like if an offer was made, they would have moved him but no offer. Weird TB would prefer a Mike Commodore who is way on the decline instead of a guy like Spacek, but Yzerman gave a pick to his old team. What this team needs doesnt happen at the trade deadline. They need a "hockey deal" and those are usually in the summer. Not sure any of the UFA's that will be out there are what we need unless NJ lets Paraise walk and we actualy spend some money.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 28, 7:32 a.m.

    Mike - your "Live Chats" during the playoffs back in '09 were so much fun - I hope the Canes make the playoffs next year and we can do the chat thing again.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 28, 6:52 a.m.

    I'm so glad Rutherford was proactive in re-signing Ruutu and Gleason. The draft should provide some good talent (hopefully some help for Staal).

    I heard Rutherford's interview on The Fan yesterday, and AG asked him if his re-signing Ruutu and Gleason was a result of losing Cole, and he said it wasn't; I had thought he regretted losing Cole, who's had a great year.

    I guess we just have to be patient and look forward to next year. The Canes are doing well considering the key players who are out with injuries.

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