The Carolina Hurricanes went into free agency with three needs in mind: a depth defenseman, a back-up goalie and a bottom-six player for the offense.
At the end of the day GM Jim Rutherford and the Canes’ brass walked away with two of the requirements filled.
They signed defenseman Mike Komisarek to a cheap $700,000 one-year deal and inked one of the best back-ups in the league in Anton Khudobin to a $800,000 contract. It was a good, cheap day for the Canes.
Komisarek will add excellent depth to the defense and help mentor young blue-liners like Justin Faulk and Brett Bellemore, while Khudobin will give Cam Ward competition and give the Canes their most competent back-up in years.
But that wasn’t the only news of the day for the Hurricanes. Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer tweeted this:
Rutherford indicated there is "one of the bigger free agents" who might take a one-year deal with Canes.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 5, 2013
Of course there has been no signing or word on who this may be, but we may see a signing today or in the coming days.
The Canes deserve a high grade for their efforts on the first day, but the team’s not done yet. They still need to find a forward, preferably a winger that can make an impact on the Canes’ offense.
If they can do that today, the Canes’ second day may just be as good as their first.