Canes Waiver Watch

It’s February Caniacs! That means Valentine’s Day, the celebration of Black History Month and in the hockey world, Intestinal Distress Month! Ok. Maybe that is only in my hockey world. I am fastening my seat-belt and holding on tight waiting to get through the trade deadline just like last year. If you have known me for over 30 seconds you know how I deal with trade discussions. I don’t! I subscribe to the fingers in the ears “La la la la la! I can’t HEAR you!” method or the ever-popular “earmuffs” method from the movie Old School.

Will we be seeing this face after today on our own side of the puck? We will find out soon. (Photo: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

No fellow Caniacs. I am not stupid. I know it’s all part of the business of hockey. It doesn’t mean I have to like it. Yesterday we started to see some action in the world of transactions. Actually, the movement began back on January 18th  when the Hurricanes organization made a swap with the Florida Panthers as Jon Matsumoto and Mattias Lindstrom of the Checkers went out and A.J. Jenks and Evegenii Dadanov came in. The big club got the ball rolling on January 20th when the Hurricanes traded Alexei Ponikarovsky to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Joe Sova and a fourth round draft pick.

In news that came as a surprise to many fans, forward Anthony Stewart was placed on waivers yesterday. We will know by noon if he is still Cane. For more about this decision and GM Jim Rutherford’s comments, check out Michael Smith’s post on the official website. I generally do not share my thoughts about these types of moves, because I am Southern and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings! (Also see “Intestinal Distress”) But I am okay with this move. Although he leads the team in +/-, I am not sure Stewart is the right fit for the fourth line. I know he has lots of potential, but I admit to being disappointed in what I have seen so far this season. Yes he’s a good guy in the room and I have a feeling no other man can hug Cam Ward quite the way Stewie can. Whether he stays or goes, I will be wishing him the best. He has a year left on his contract.

In other trade news that I am not talking about (see how I did that?), rumors are still swirling around the interwebs about one Mr. Tuomo Ruutu. It seems that many teams are interested in our 6’ 205lb gliding gladiator. Jim Rutherford has made comments indicating that he is going to be having discussions with Ruuty regarding his future. Known for his poker face and so called “pimp hand,” I am not inclined to believe anything Jim Rutherford says (See “Intestinal Distress”). I would hate to see Ruutu go as I think he is an integral part of the top six. I would like to see us acquire someone complimentary to Eric Staal so Ruuty can move back to his rightful place anchoring the “Finns and Skinns” line. You can put all the statistics on paper that you want but you cannot measure compete level and player chemistry (See “Erik Cole”). I encourage all suitors interested in our Finn to check out his numbers on this lovely site by TSN. It lists his injuries over the years and states that he is currently having a “cold” streak. See! You don’t want him anyway! (Caniacs, feel free to peruse the stats and remember he is currently our top goal scorer and those injury stat numbers stopped in 2010. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.). He will become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of this season and there is no new collective bargaining agreement in place for the league yet.

What does all of this mean? It means we wait. And wait some more. Will Stewie be in the lineup Wednesday against the Ducks? Do I need to start Ruu-ing, or boo-ing and boo-hoo-ing? Come back to Cardiac Cane for updates. In the meantime, I will be practicing my dance moves. I have a feeling I am going to need them for the long haul.

Updated 12:15pm: Anthony Stewart has cleared waivers

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Topics: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Anthony Stewart, Charlotte Checkers, Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Florida Panthers, Jim Rutherford, Jim Rutherford Pimp Hand, Trade Rumors, Trades, Tuomo Ruutu, Waivers

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  • CardiacCaneFS

    @Esbee92 great post Sally, although I kept closing my eyes. #tradeblindness

  • Esbee92

    @CardiacCaneFS Thanks. Did you do earmuffs? I figured you were already doing the dance with me.

  • kcracken

    Hahah! Perfect video. Almost there, though… have everything crossed. Don’t wanna lose the Cam/Stewie Humpty Dance!

  • Esbee92

    @CardiacCaneFS did you notice I told them to leave a comment and @caniac176 could respond? Uh huh.

  • Tachibana828

    @Esbee92 @CardiacCaneFS @caniac176 Leave it to the male presence to handle it. :P Sheesh.

  • caniac176

    @Tachibana828 @Esbee92 @CardiacCaneFS Always gotta take care of the clean up

  • CardiacCaneFS

    @Esbee92 @caniac176 yes, nice.

  • mediatwo

    @CardiacCaneFS @esbee92 it’s 12:01. Do we still have Stewart? #ManHugs

  • Esbee92

    @mediatwo @CardiacCaneFS I haven’t heard anything to the contrary. Waiting for the all clear.

  • Esbee92

    @Tachibana828 @CardiacCaneFS @caniac176 And I conveniently discussed one of the only moves I would be ok with. Go me.

  • Esbee92

    @mediatwo Looks like he cleared.

  • mediatwo

    @Esbee92 sweet! I know not everyone likes him, but I like his hustle and personalty

  • Esbee92

    @mediatwo I get it. I am not just not sold on him. (but he is a good guy). PLENTY of people dislike my faves so what can I say?!

  • caniac176

    Oh sure…throw me into the trade talks. Thanks a lot :)

  • CardiacCaneFS

    @Esbee92 great post Sally, although I kept closing my eyes. #tradeblindness

    • Esbee92

      @CardiacCaneFS Thanks. Did you do earmuffs? I figured you were already doing the dance with me.

    • Esbee92

      @CardiacCaneFS did you notice I told them to leave a comment and @caniac176 could respond? Uh huh.

      • Tachibana828

        @Esbee92 @CardiacCaneFS @caniac176 Leave it to the male presence to handle it. :P Sheesh.

        • caniac176

          @Tachibana828 @Esbee92 @CardiacCaneFS Always gotta take care of the clean up

        • Esbee92

          @Tachibana828 @CardiacCaneFS @caniac176 And I conveniently discussed one of the only moves I would be ok with. Go me.

      • CardiacCaneFS

        @Esbee92 @caniac176 yes, nice.

  • kcracken

    Hahah! Perfect video. Almost there, though… have everything crossed. Don’t wanna lose the Cam/Stewie Humpty Dance!

    • Esbee92

      @kcracken The dance just seemed appropriate. :-)

  • mediatwo

    @CardiacCaneFS @esbee92 it’s 12:01. Do we still have Stewart? #ManHugs

    • Esbee92

      @mediatwo @CardiacCaneFS I haven’t heard anything to the contrary. Waiting for the all clear.

    • Esbee92

      @mediatwo Looks like he cleared.

      • mediatwo

        @Esbee92 sweet! I know not everyone likes him, but I like his hustle and personalty

        • Esbee92

          @mediatwo I get it. I am not just not sold on him. (but he is a good guy). PLENTY of people dislike my faves so what can I say?!

        • mediatwo

          @esbee92 Who are your top 3 favorites?

        • Esbee92

          @mediatwo My favorite that draws the ire is Chad LaRose.

        • Esbee92

          @mediatwo I don’t know if I have a top 3! I have diff faves for different reasons! I am big Finns and Skinns proponent.

        • mediatwo

          @esbee92 The guy hustles. Just wish he would stay healthy.

        • Esbee92

          @mediatwo I am a big fan of grinders. I am a big Patty Dwyer fan too.

        • mediatwo

          @esbee92 I was just thinking about it – and there really isn’t anyone on the team I don’t like… I guess that makes me a groupie :)

        • Esbee92

          @mediatwo Isn’t anyone I don’t like either!Just like some more than others.Only a couple I am “meh” about.Just means we have good guys!

  • caniac176

    Oh sure…throw me into the trade talks. Thanks a lot :)

    • Esbee92

      @caniac176 Hey you like this stuff! Right?!

  • CaniacLady17

    During the years since I’ve become totally immersed in the game of hockey, I have grown to despise February for the very reasons you have already covered. To make it even worse, February is my birthday month. A few years back JR traded one of my favorites, Matt Cullen, ON MY BIRTHDAY!! Only last July when JR signed my #1 fav, Jussi Jokinen, for 3 years did I begin to THINK about forgiving him.

    • Esbee92

      @CaniacLady17 Oh my GOSH CaniacLady! I could not take that! By the way I am writing this comment to you while sitting at a desk with a giant Matt Cullen pennant on my wall. I am NOT making that up. I feel your pain! As you know I am Erik Cole’s biggest fan. My birthday is the last week in June. JR let me have my cake and THEN he crushed my hockey soul the next weekend. I know exactly how you feel about the Juice. And I was a nervous wreck for that one. I am a big fan of #36. I was plotting ways to entice him to stay here no matter what. I will spare the details but it may have involved sending over a bottle of wine and some Barry White tunes to him and the Mrs. to encourage them to start putting down family roots. Little did I know they were already on that path. Thanks for understanding why there is no LOVE in February no matter what Hallmark says!

      • CaniacLady17

        @Esbee92

        AND, to add salt to my already wounded soul when Cullen left, our very next home game was against Ottawa where Matt had gone. I sat across from Ottawa’s bench and all but cried to see him dressed in a Sens jersey. I feel a bit better about him being with Minnesota since that’s his home. But, it’s never been quite the same here with Culley gone. This may be a business but fans can’t help but become intensely attached to our players. I agree with you about Cole. Not only was he a champion for this team, he also nurtured the young guys, particularly Skinner. Obviously, Staal has once again suffered without Cole backing him, at least at the beginning of this season. AND not resigning Ray Whitney!! Talking about throwing away our foundational rock! Oh, don’t get me started. But, then,Jussi is still here…aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

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