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This is the first of my series, in which I will break down each player on the roster including the young guns in alphabetic order. Today I will take a look back on the season Rod Brind’Amour had, wondering if it was his last.
Rod Brind’Amour is the model of work ethic in the NHL and is why he has had a great career capped by winning the Stanley Cup in 2006. However, the last two seasons we have seen a major decline in speed and production from Rod. Since having the fourth best season in his career in 2006-2007 with 82 points, Brind’Amour barely made 50 2007-2009. However, in 2009-2010 his production really hit a low as he only had 9 goals and 10 assists failing to make 20 points for the first first time in his career. To make matters worse Brind’Amour finished behind only Patrick O’Sullivan for the leagues worst plus/minus rating with a negative 29. It seems since the knee injury that Brind’Amour has lost a step and that has really affected his game on the ice. With the way Brind’Amour’s season was going the Hurricanes decided, with his blessing, that Eric Staal become the next captain of the franchise mid-season. GM Jim Rutherford felt that the team will be making a youth movement next year and wanted Staal to get his feet wet. Even though there was a captaincy change everyone still knew that Brind’Amour was a vital part of the locker room in 2009-2010.
In regards to retiring I think its a win, win for the Hurricanes organization. If Brind’Amour decides on retirement than the Hurricanes will have his salary off of the cap and room to re-sign players. It would also allow Brind’Amour a chance to be in the front office of the Hurricanes. However, if he decides he wants to finish his contract it give the Hurricanes a veteran with a great work ethic to show the young kids and help them along in development. Hopefully will know something soon after the playoffs