Another day of Free Agent Frenzy. If I didn’t know better, I’d think ESPN was still involved with the NHL. The “frenzy” has been mostly fizzle. More hype than substance. Maybe a better title would be Free Agent Madness. Contract offers of 8,10,13 years for $80-$90 million. A six year, $27.6 million deal for Jason Garrison, a three year deal for Sheldon Souray, $4.55 million for Jaromir Jagr and his 19 goals. I had hoped that the Canes would bring Ray Whitney back, but not for $9 million for two years. Jim Rutherford did sign Jordan Staal to a ten year-$60 million contract extension, but that doesn’t count because it was one of our players. The madness tag only applies to other teams spending money on players like it’s Yahoo Fantasy hockey. Since the big name free agents will not take the Canes Compuware money, Rutherford has turned his attention to the trade market and Rick Nash. Should Caniacs be excited or leery at the prospect of seeing another # 61 playing along side Eric Staal? The answer is “yes on both counts.
Why should Caniacs be excited? Well he’s RICK NASH!! He’s 6-4, 220 lbs., 28 years old and a power play machine. Since the lockout, Nash has scored 59 power play goals. He is a work horse too. Except for 2005-2006, the fewest games he has played in is 75. Playing for the Bluejackets he has only been in the playoffs once, so it’s not like he is taking a beating playing into May every year. Getting Rick Nash vaults the Canes up with the Capitals in the Southest. It’s a no brainer. Anybody would want Rick Nash. But be careful what you wish for.
Why are Canes fans not salivating over the idea of Rick Nash in Raleigh? We should think about what it would cost to bring him here. I am afraid of what and who would go to Columbus to get Nash. You thought it was shocking to hear Brandon Sutters name called in the Staal trade. With Brian Dumoulin gone from the system, do we want to hand over Ryan Murphy too? For years the Canes have been lacking in top tiered defenseman, and within weeks, two great prospects would be gone. Columbus would be starting from scratch with their team so they would want roster players back from the Canes. You thought hearing Sutters name was a punch in the gut, wait until you heard Skinner or Faulk and see how it feels. What kind a depth would the team have after this trade? Star studded teams do not win Stanley Cups. The Nhl is not the NBA.
The coming days and weeks will be interesting for no other reason than the Hurricanes are in the middle of all this Free Agent Frenzy. We all want the Canes back in the hunt. Let’s be careful what we wish for. We just might get it.