Hurricanes Make Minor Signings, But Could Play Big Roles

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 22: 21th overall pick Riley Nash of the Edmonton Oilers poses onstage with team personnel during the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft at Nationwide Arena on June 22, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Riley Nash 2007 Oilers 1st Round Pick looks to make impact for Hurricanes in 2010-2011

\The Carolina Hurricanes have only made a couple minor signings, as expected, over the last couple of weeks with the chance that some like Riley Nash could show huge return. The Hurricanes also went the way of cheap and two-way contracts to players such as Justin Pogge, Brett Carson, and Bryan Rodney.

The biggest decision the Hurricanes have made in the last couple of weeks was to give Justin Peters and Justin Pogge each two-way deals. With the deals it sees the Hurricanes parting ways with a guy I, and many others, would have liked to see come back, but in the end money wins in this deal as Manny would make considerably more money than Peters and Pogge. With that being said the adversity that is all but certain to happen with a young team in 2010-2011, it would have been nice to have a guy of Manny’s stature to help the young kids.

The news that I have liked the best is that Riley Nash has decided to forgo his senior season at Cornell and join the professional ranks with either Carolina or Charlotte next season. Riley Nash is a 2007 first round pick by the Edmonton Oilers that has played three years of NCAA hockey and averaged more than a point a game for all three seasons. Nash said that he felt he has a realistic shot of making the roster out of training camp with the retirement of Rod Brind’Amour and the deadline deal of Matt Cullen last season. Nash has the potential to be Carolina’s third or fourth line center next season behind Staal, Sutter, and Jokinen. I think Nash would fit in perfectly next year as a fourth line center and with line shifting maybe a third, either way this kid has serious potential over the next couple of seasons.

On the defensive end the Hurricanes resigned two defensemen that were mostly stable last season in Bryan Rodney and Brett Carson. The biggest surprise for me was the lack of qualifying offers from the Hurricanes to Brett Carson and Alexandre Picard. With the lack of offers, I was sure that would be the end of both their stays in Raleigh. Right now it still looks that way for Picard, but Carson took a lesser deal to stay with Hurricanes. Brett Carson was one of the most underrated of Carolina’s defensemen in 2009-2010. Carson showed real growth through out the season and became a pretty steady defenseman for the Hurricanes down the stretch, even scoring 2 goals and assisting on 10 more. Bryan Rodney has always been a traveled player and a power play specialist since joining the Hurricanes organization. Rodney has always hated being associated as the power play specialist and seems to have taken strides to improve his overall defensive play in order to become a more rounded play. Rodney usually is first in line to be called up if there is a defensive injury. This year Rodney would like to pass that role on and get more NHL time as this could be the year he has been waiting for and should be interesting to see if he can make the opening night roster.

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