It’s a battle that no one expected in the summer, but something that could unfold over the last week of training camp.
Matt Corrente versus Kevin Wetsgarth for the role of the Carolina Hurricanes enforcer.
Corrente is a defenseman, signed this summer, but was overlooked by the signing of fellow defenseman Mark Flood. But through three training camp cuts, Corrente has stuck with the Canes.
Although the former Devil has played defense in preseason, coach Kirk Muller has also commented on Corrente’s verability:
Corrente fighting for roster spot. Muller noted Corrente also able to play wing, if needed. Adds to his potential value.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) September 23, 2013
Corrente has also shown his toughness in preseason, fighting Brandon Prust when the Canadiens were beating the Hurricanes bad and continued playing in practice yesterday, even though he took a puck off his nose and required stitches.
Some people say that there is no need for a fighter on an NHL roster, but after the Leafs-Sabres game on Sunday, a tough guy is needed to protect the star players.
As for Westgarth, he is a natural heavy-weight fighter with much more experience than Corrente. Westgarth stands at 6-foot-4 and 234 lbs., while Corrente is only 6-foot, 205 lbs.
But Corrente can also play defense, which Westgarth cannot. That may come in handy if the Canes lose a defenseman in a game.
Neither players have had prolific scoring pasts, but wouldn’t be counted on to score anyways.
Westgarth has the experience and probably the inside track at this point, but Corrente could be a possibility that the Hurricanes are considering.