Sep 21, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Ryan White (60) is checked by Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Matt Corrente (38) in front of goalie Anton Khudobin (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Corrente Wins Spot, But As A Forward?

I wrote earlier that Matt Corrente could battle Kevin Westgarth for an enforcer role with the Carolina Hurricanes, but now it looks like both players will be on the Canes opening night roster.

For Corrente to be sent down to the AHL, GM Jim Rutherford would have to put the player on waivers yesterday at noon, like he did with Chris Terry, but Corrente was not included.

Today at practice, the former New Jersey Devil is practicing out of his usual defense position:

Corrente and Wetsgarth are skating on a line with Brett Sutter as the team’s fourth line.

It’s likely that Corrente is getting this chance with the number of injuries the Hurricanes have suffered on offense. Jeff Skinner returned to practice today, but Alexander Semin, Tuomo Ruutu and Elias Lindholm are not participating, although it’s possible Semin and Lindholm are ready for Friday’s game.

When I wrote earlier that Corrente could battle Westgarth for an enforcer role, I meant that only one player should prevail, earning the spot. I did not want both in the lineup.

It doesn’t make sense to have two tough guys in a lineup that don’t bring much to the table, especially when they will play less than 10 minutes a game.

But like I said earlier, the Hurricanes should get one or two forwards back for the season opener, which should fix the problem the Canes face right now.

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