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Jordan Staal traded to Hurricanes

June 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time, but Jim Rutherford finally pulled the trigger on Draft Day.  The ‘Canes picked up Eric Staal’s younger brother, Jordan, from the Penguins in exchange for defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin, the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft (Derrick Pouliot) and Brandon Sutter.

Brandon Sutter is Pittsburgh-bound after being dealt for Jordan Staal.
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First off, I’d like to wish Brandon the very best.  He was considered part of the young core that would be built around for the future.  He has really come a long way, and has quickly made his name known as one of the better defensive forwards in the league.  Of course, with a name like Sutter, it comes to no one’s surprise that he has found success early on in his career.  He was a leader on and off the ice, being given one of the “A”s last season.  His work around the community was well documented as well.  He will surely be missed by both the fans and the organization.

But onto the trade.  When I first looked at it, I thought that it was a huge overpayment on Carolina GM Jim Rutherford’s part.  I probably would’ve lived with Brandon Sutter + Dumoulin or Sutter + the 8th pick.  But all three?  Now that I think about it, I think the 8th overall pick isn’t too bad.  This is one of the weaker drafts in recent memory, so it doesn’t really hurt to not have a pick in the first round this year.  However, it definitely would’ve been nice to draft Filip Forsberg or one of the plethora of solid defensemen still available.

Brian Dumoulin was a solid prospect for the Hurricanes organization, especially when you consider how weak they are in the farm system when it comes to defensemen.  Aside from Ryan Murphy, there really isn’t a whole lot.  However, with the emergence of Justin Faulk last season, I guess that Rutherford thought that Dumoulin was expendable.

Finally, the biggest piece of the puzzle.  Jordan Staal himself.  Everyone knew that he would be on his way out of Pittsburgh sooner or later.  It’s hard to really showcase your true potential and talents when you’re stuck behind the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the depth chart.  To be putting up the kind of numbers that he has in his career thus far is pretty remarkable, considering he plays with third-line wingers on most nights.  Like Sutter, he is considered one of the best two-way forwards in the league.  This was made evident when he was a finalist for the Selke in 2010.

Jordan Staal is now reunited with his brother, Eric, in Carolina.
PHOTO CREDITS: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Of course, his offensive game is just as great.  He definitely has more of an upside in the offensive category when compared to Brandon Sutter.  After all, he’s “only” scored 20 or more goals in 4 of his first 6 seasons in the NHL.  He will surely add some much needed offense for the ‘Canes.  Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the playoff experience he brings to the table.

Now, the question is whether he will be slotted on the first line (with Eric moving to the wing) or the second line.  Only time will tell what coach Kirk Muller has up his sleeves.

Overall, I think it’s a pretty fair trade once you break it down.  Only time will tell if any time really “won” the trade.  But for now, we will have to wait and see, especially if Rutherford has more moves on the way.  Goodbye Brandon Sutter, and welcome to Carolina, Jordan Staal.

Hurricanes Re-Sign Brandon Sutter For 3 More Years

July 14, 2011 1 comment

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed restricted free agent Brandon Sutter to a 3-year deal worth $6.2 million.  He will earn $1.5 million in ’11-’12, $2 million in ’12-’13, and $2.7 million in ’13-’14.

With Brandon Sutter locked up, the 'Canes are now over the cap floor.

ANALYSIS: Perhaps my favourite move of the off-season so though.  When GM Jim Rutherford calls Brandon Sutter one of the cornerstones of the franchise, he’s not kidding.  His offensive totals may have dipped last year, but you have to consider the defensive responsibilities that he took on last season.  Not only was he centering a third line which was a checking line, but he was also doing penalty killing.  Game in and game out, he matched up against teams’ top lines and did a fine job of defending against them.  However, he has also shown that he has offensive potential, and can put the puck in the back of the net when the opportunity arises.  He is truly a smart hockey player, and the ‘Canes got fantastic value out of this deal.

Feb. 5- Cole Train, Destinaton: W-I-N! (ATL 3 CAR 4 OT)

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

If the RBC Center is going to get any taste of the playoffs this season, they certainly got a playoff-like atmosphere tonight. A wildly entertaining game with 8th place on the line, that saw the teams going back and forth. But in the end, the Cole Train revved its engine, and chugged all the way to a big W.

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The good:
*Exposed Pavelec’s weak side (blocker side) and got three goals off it
*Lots of energy and speed up the ice
*Some unusual suspects took the game into their own hands with points hanging in the balance

The bad:
*PP: Aside from the Staal goal, it looked ineffective. Looked like no one had a clue what to do at times, and looked predictable.

Standouts:

1. Sutter/Tlusty: These two came to play in the third period, and absolutely took over. This is what happens when you just get shots to the net. They found the energy, battled hard, and lifted the team big time.

2. Cole: Dominant force on the ice tonight, registering 7 shots. He was skating really hard, and it doesn’t get any better than his end-to-end rush for the OT winner.

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The good:
*PK was excellent, boxed out the Thrashers PP well
*Outside of the first goal, man to man coverage was good

The bad:
*Inability to clear traffic out of Ward’s path of vision (see: last two Thrashers goals..)
*Dumb penalties to change momentum
*Letting the Thrashers D (especially Byfuglien) get too active

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The good:
*Made the big saves at crucial times, keeping the score at a reasonable range
*Was very strong down low, especially his pads
*Determination: when it looked like he was down and out, he shut the door anyways

The bad:
*Rebound control was a bit off tonight, gave up quite a few more than he usually does.

8th place, woooo! Let’s not party too long, as the five-game road trip starts Tuesday in New Jersey. Nonetheless, a HUGE win tonight to lift the spirits of Caniac Nation, and everyone can sleep well.

Jan. 26- Two Eric(k)s, One Zach (CAR 4 NYI 2)

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Another hard-fought win, and the ‘Canes head into the break on a winning note. They may still be sitting 9th as the spotlight now turns to the All-Star festivities, but they’re also sitting pretty.

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The good:
*Staal line dominated the game with great work in all 3 zones
*Hard checking, which frustrated the Isles D and caused turnovers
*Established the shot… leads to a goal (Staal’s tip on Corvo shot)

The bad:
*PP looked a little sleepy at times

Stand-outs:
1. The top line: Decided to bunch Boychuk, Staal, and Cole. Really great job tonight along the boards, and getting the puck to one another. The trio made it look easy, and they generated a ton of chances. Transition game was impressive as well.

Honourable mention to Sutter for another wicked deke & backhand. Almost a carbon copy of what he did to Lundqvist. He is really coming along now.

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The good:
*Really didn’t give the Isles much to shoot at all night
*Good blocks and sticks getting in the way of shots
*Allowed Ward to see the puck
*A perfect PK

The bad:
*Incapability to clear at times… a bit scrambly

Stand-outs:
1. McBain: Was one of the D-men who did the aforementioned shot blocking and what-nots. Wasn’t panicky, and stayed with the play regardless. Solid effort.

2. Harrison: Only had 14 minutes of time, but he, like McBain, stayed with the play. Looked calm and collected, and didn’t make any critical mistakes.

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The good:
*Rebound control
*Made a couple big saves mixed in with the easy saves
*Didn’t allow the Islanders to get any kind of momentum going

The bad:
*Got beat up high (including some posts)

That’s it for now, we shall reconvene on Saturday when the best of the best show off their hockey skills in front of what will certainly be a jazzed-up crowd.

Jan. 24- A Wild Affair (TOR 4 CAR 6)

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Franchise victory #1000! Free meal at Moe’s! It was not the prettiest of wins, but the team gutted it out, and all’s well that ends well.

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The good:
*Minus the SHG, the PP was great tonight. Got pucks through, and they get a couple on the PP as a result.
*Good positioning, with players ready for the rebounds. See: Sutter’s 1st and Skinner’s goal
*Shot the puck when they had a chance to. No hesitation. See: McBain’s goal

The bad: None!

Stand-outs:
1. Sutter: Absolute beast tonight, with two goals and an assist. Good work to make himself available for a rebound on the first goal, and solid defensive play leads to a 2-on-1. Way to go Brandon!

2. Corvo: Really stepped it up in both categories in Gleason’s absence. Was QBing the PP with efficiency, and looked in sync with the rest of the team.

3. Jokinen: Just continues to find ways to be useful, and is one of those guys that does it all in the slot area. Tonight was another one of those nights, and he got a couple decent chances as well.

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The good:
*Really shut it down in the first period
*PK was excellent and didn’t give the Leafs much… minus the late PPG the Leafs scored

The bad:
*Gave the Leafs D too much time to move the puck around
*The SHG
*Looked really scrambly at times

Stand-outs:
1. Corvo: Ate up a lot of minutes (close to 30 minutes!) tonight, and kudos to him for not wearing down as the game progressed. He didn’t make too many mistakes, which makes it even more impressive.

2. Pitkanen: Another strong effort from Joni tonight. Led all ‘Canes players with 4 blocked shots in the game, and I’m willing to bet at least half of them were on the PK.

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The good:
*Made the big saves back when the game wasn’t a shooting gallery
*Excellent on the PK when he needed to be
*Rebound control

The bad:
*2nd and 3rd leafs goals… 2nd one was a REALLY awful goal, 3rd one I’m not quite sure what he was trying to do

As the dust settles, the team is within striking distance of 8th place Atlanta. Another point paired with a Thrashers loss will (finally) move the ‘Canes into 8th. We’ve got the New York Islanders up next, so it’s another opportunity to garner two more points.