Greetings Caniacs! What a summer it has been so far around the NHL. For starters we’ve seen an 8th seed team hoist the Stanley Cup, an exciting draft day for the Canes and we finally got through the “Who is going where?” in free agency (at least for the most part). Now I look at a Hurricanes team that has improved in some areas but has also created holes as well. Not to mention the fact that I think Canes management honestly believed that by acquiring Jordan Staal at the draft, free agents would be standing in line on July 1st to sign with and be part of a rebuilt hockey machine in Raleigh.
Now we have a defense that is in need of a quality defenseman and an offense that still needs a quality forward. I have some news for you Caniacs, there isn’t much out there. Sure there is Alexander Semin and possibly Shane Doan but we are going to have to overpay for either of them. With Semin, we are really gambling with what type of player we will get in return. There is a reason he has not signed with anyone yet. That goes for any of the free agents that are left looking for a NHL team to sign with.
Another thing to consider is (hopefully you are sitting down while reading this) that if you are really wanting to improve your team with a Zach Parise or Ryan Suter type player, why not throw an offer out to Shea Weber? I know we would give up some draft picks by sending him an offer so that is why we call Nashville Predators GM David Poile and make him a trade offer. It’s a long shot but so was signing Zach Parise. So now that we started talking defense with a player that realistically won’t be coming to Raleigh any time soon, what are the other options that are out there for the Canes? There is St. Louis’s Carlo Colaiacovo or Tampa Bay’s Brett Clark. So if I am mentioning these players what is wrong with resigning Jaroslav Spacek? He played well while he was with the Hurricanes and he is familiar with Coach Kirk Muller and his expectations.
Offensively I believe the Canes could help themselves out more by not wasting time with Alexander Semin and looking hard at Andrei Kostitsyn. Sure he had his problems with the Predators during their playoff run but I honestly believe he didn’t fit in their system. Kyle Wellwood is a Center that the Hurricanes may want to consider. He played well with Winnipeg netting 18 goals and 29 assists. Hopefully he is on the Hurricanes radar of players to at least consider signing.
By the way Caniacs, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the fifth annual Canes Summer Fun Fest. The fun begins at 5:30p.m. , July 20th. This year the event will be inside and FREE!!!