Apr 22 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Brenden Morrow (10) during warm up prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Lose Out On Morrow Sweepstakes


Brenden Morrow has signed with the St. Louis Blues for one year at $1.5 million ending the Carolina Hurricanes bid to add the 34-year-old forward to their top nine.

Now, the Hurricanes have to decide if they want to add another forward or continue with the roster they currently have.

Current Roster

In training camp, it looks like Nathan Gerbe will win the third-line wing opening with Elias Lindholm, while Patrick Dwyer and Drayson Bowman could possibly take a second-line spot with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.

 

Patrick Dwyer could play on the second line this season. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Radek Dvorak is competing for a spot also, but he is a fourth-line player and should not be in the top nine.

Dwyer played on the second line last year and while he tried his best, he did not look like a top six player. Bowman is doing well in training camp, but has not been able to stick with the team for a full season.

However, both players are good defensively and can play the penalty kill.

Free Agents

Morrow was not the only well-known forward left in free agency. Still looking for jobs that could help the Canes include Simon Gagne, Vaclav Prospal, Damien Brunner and Mason Raymond.

Raymond and Brunner are both on tryouts with the Maple Leafs and Devils, respectively, but if they are not signed to a contract, the Hurricanes can sign them.

Could Simon Gagne be an option for the Canes? Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Both are young and fast, but Raymond is not as strong in his own end as Brunner.

Gagne has always been strong in his own end and used to be a prolific scorer in his past, but has slowed down in recent years. Last season, the 33-year-old forward scored 16 points in 38 games with the Kings and Flyers.

I’m not sure if he would be able to stick in the top six, but he does have more experience than Bowman and Dwyer.

Prospal may be the oldest player left to consider at 38-years-old, but he proved last year he still has gas left in the tank.

The Czech Republic native led the Blue Jackets in scoring with 30 points in 48 games and plays well defensively. He could be a cheap option for the Hurricanes.

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The Hurricanes have some options in filling the second line hole. Filling the void with a player on the roster may be the simple option, but perhaps not the best for improving the team.

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