The Carolina Hurricanes’ unrestricted free agents this season feature some long-tenured Canes players, season additions from this year and a young defenseman. For some of those players it could be time to leave and for others they could fit into the Canes long-term plans.
Chad LaRose: Larose has been part of the Hurricane’s roster since 2005 and has played in the Canes organization since 2003. He was on the Stanley Cup winning team in ’06 and has been an instrumental part of the team playing on Eric Staal‘s line in previous seasons. But things change. This past season, LaRose only scored two goals and was replaced by Alexander Semin on the top line. LaRose brings nothing more to the table than Patrick Dwyer can. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Tim Brent: After scoring career highs in goals and assists last year with the Hurricanes, Brent did not score a single goal this season and only had three assists. He also missed the last two weeks of the regular season with an injury. Coach Kirk Muller said the Hurricanes need players that specialize in killing penalties and Brent does not fit that bill. The Canes need to replace him with somebody that fits the fourth-line role better. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Dan Ellis: Ellis played well at the beginning of the season when he was in the back-up position, but when he was thrown into the starting role after Cam Ward‘s injury, he had a hard time earning wins. But Ward will be healthy at the start of next season and Ellis has proven he can be a better back-up than Justin Peters. The two will compete for the back-up job at training camp should Ellis be re-signed. Verdict: Re-Sign.
Joe Corvo: Corvo was brought back in the off-season after spending a year with the Boston Bruins. His best offensive days are behind him and will most likely never score over 10 goals or 30 points again. The 35-year-old did not have a bad season, but there are better players that can replace him in the Hurricanes’ organization. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Marc-Andre Bergeron: Bergeron was brought in at the trade deadline to help the Canes’ power-play which was dreadful at the time. The man-advantage eventually did turn around, but not due to just Bergeron. The former Tampa Bay Lightning is a one-dimensional player with limited defensive play, which is the last thing the Canes need. Verdict: Do Not Re-Sign.
Bobby Sanguinetti: Sanguinetti’s rookie season saw him score two goals and add four assists. Not a huge amount, but he did score 50 points in 60 games in the AHL in 2012. He also made some mistakes in his own end, but that is expected of a rookie. Sanguinetti is still young, at 25-years-old, and can improve on his first season. It would be worth it for the Hurricanes to sign him to a one-year contract. Verdict: Re-Sign.