"Yes, I have a decision. Can we get a few more media outlets in here first before I announce it?" Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Step Away From the Ledge Caniac Nation

Wow, that certainly was anticlimactic. Although the Hurricanes were fairly quiet at the kick off to free agency, there are some encouraging signs that JR and crew are working on some deals that could upgrade our roster immensely.Take a look at this sitchy-ation without your “crazed fan” goggles on before you go all Jeff O’Neill and take drunken romps around the City of Oaks. Here’s a couple of points that might just give you a new perspective on how events have unfolded thus far and save you a couple grand in court costs!

  • (Insert Name of Your Favorite Big Name Free Agent/Trade Target Here) is still available! None of them have made a decision yet about where they want to play (although, probably not South Beach in this instance). As we know, The Hurricanes have made an offer to the two free agents most teams coveted. So, we know at least we’re still in the

    running for their services, as neither of them have declined any offers. If things go according to script, the majority of trading will be put on hold until the top free agents have made their decisions. So, once again, just waiting. These things do take some time, and hopefully we’ll be getting the answers soon, but in the meantime, we at least know the Front Office is making efforts towards improvement.

  • Joe Corvo‘s back……again! While this in itself isn’t an encouraging sign, (to some of you it’s quite the opposite) his signing, and the subsequent eviction of Bryan Allen and Jaro Spacek, does at least give us a look into that shiny dome of JR’s. We all know that “Uh-Oh” isn’t first pairing quality or PK material, as a matter of fact, hardly any of the current defensemen on the roster fit the hole that Allen leaves. We also know that we have an offer in front of Suter. Imagine if he did end up in Raleigh. Then essentially we would have replaced Allen and Spacek with Suter and Allen. That would be a significant upgrade to our D Corps.
  • We have excellent trade assets! Even if we flop in free agency, we have other routes of upgrading the team! Let me qualify my following statements by saying that I like Joni Pikanen. I know I’m probably in the minority, but I think most of the faults people assign to him are negated by the positives he brings (which is often overlooked in arguments against him). But, here ya’ go Joni haters, if we could get a player like Rick Nash, who fills a position that we are in dire need of filling, he’s gotta go. I can hear you now, “You’re a big, dumb, idiot. Nash won’t sign here because it’s not on his short list.”  First off, enough with the name calling. I’ve been following hockey for 25 years, stranger things have happened. We also have some flexibility at forward. Anthony Stewart, Chad LaRose, Zach Boychuk,Patrick Dwyer all of them are expendable and worth enough to garner something in return if packaged and sold correctly. Use what you have to get what you need!
Now, I hope that I have at least eased some of your trepidation about the lack of  acquisitions so far in this free agent period. Step back from the ledge. I have always been told that a level head…….can …….What? What if Suter and Parise sign in Detroit and Nash goes to SJ? I hadn’t thought about that. Well, then we would be left scraping up whatever was left after the “frenzy”. No one will be left! That would be a nightmare! Oh, my God!!! Why hasn’t JR signed any body yet? What is he thinking? WHY?????? Why Banjo?? BANJO!!!!!!!!!!


Tags: Bryan Allen Chad LaRose Joni Pitkanen Patrick Dwyer Ryan Suter Zach Boychuk

  • anonymousj

    I wouldn’t classify myself as being on the ledge but I am bit concerned about the makeup of our team right now.  I liked the addition of Jordan Staal even though the price was pretty steep.  The thing that is bugging me is our defense.  We let the one guy who could do a decent job of clearing the crease in front of Ward and block shots go and have replaced with him with an aging Corvo.  I would have much preferred to sign a stay at home Dman than bring in another non-physical offensive defenseman.  Allen also provided help in another area we are sorely needing which was general team toughness.  Hate to say it, but this Canes team looks mighty soft and may earn that moniker of the Candy Canes the way its looking.
    JR has been hyping up ever since the trade deadline about adding a top-flight winger for Staal in free agency.  I don’t blame him for not snagging up Parise as it appears he did make a good run at him but we’ve added nothing in that regard.  I don’t consider having to move E. Staal to wing and letting his brother center the first line accomplishing that in a good way.  There were other solid playmaking wingers to be had, namely Parenteu and Whitney.  As it stands today, all that is left is Doan and Semin.  Semin has the skills and I believe Muller, Staals, Ward and Gleason would keep him in check but JR won’t seriously pursue signing him I imagine.  I don’t think Doan is leaving the Western Conference either.
    The only real option is to get a winger via a trade which I am strongly against.  We don’t have real good depth and we just traded away a 1st rd pick, gave up a good stay-at-home D prospect in Dumoulin and a young Brandon Sutter.  We don’t have the assets to acquire a real good winger unless JR just wants to totally annihilate the team’s organizational depth.
    I know this all sounds pessimistic but I don’t think this team has really improved much, if any this offseason.  I hope I’m wrong but I think we better hope our offense score 4 goals a game with the defense we’re trotting out and that Skinner is ready to be run all season since no one is there on the Canes roster to make any opposing player think twice about it.  There’s still time to sign someone in free agency but as of right now – I wouldn’t be saving any money to put down for playoff tickets.