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Another Round of Cuts

Sunday, 09.28.2008 / 6:37 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Another Round of Cuts
The Canes made their third round of cuts following Sunday afternoon's win vs. Philadelphia.

Junior forward Drayson Bowman is heading back to his Memorial Cup champion junior team in Spokane, while Matt Murley, Jakub Petruzalek, Jerome Samson, Noah Babin, Brett Bellemore, Casey Borer, Brett Carson and Mark Flood head to camp in Albany.

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Bowman entered camp with an NHL contract and a shot to make the team, but will definitely benefit from another year of development on a great junior team.  Before camp, Ron Francis said the most important thing for Bowman to do now is to keep the right attitude.

"If he doesn’t make our club and he goes back to juniors with the attitude that ‘I don’t have to work,’ and ‘Things are going to be fine, I’ll just do it next year,’ you waste a year of your development," said Assistant GM Francis before camp.  "If you go back with the attitude of “Hey, they made a mistake, they shouldn’t have sent me back, I’m going to show them they’re wrong and I’m going to get up there,’ I think ultimately that’s going to be a quicker path for you."

So hopefully, Bowman is ticked.

The big winner in this round of cuts is defenseman Bryan Rodney.  His strong game against Philadelphia this afternoon likely earned him another few days in Raleigh, as Casey Borer and Brett Carson both caught an earlier flight to join the River Rats.

Rodney, discovered by the Hurricanes when he was brought in to Albany from Elmira of the ECHL as an emergency replacement (you thought the Hurricanes had flu problems last year), the Canes were eager to see him at the NHL level before camp and, apparently, have liked what they've seen.

Also notable among those still left at camp are free agent tryouts Dan LaCouture and Jeff O'Neill, forwards Joe Jensen, Dwight Helminen and Trevor Gillies, and junior forwards Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter.

Sutter, who along with LaCouture has played in every preseason game, is coming around after a slowish start to the exhibition slate.  Sunday's game, his fourth in five days, was arguably his best.

“The more you see him the more you like him for what he brings to the table," said Laviolette of Sutter.  "A lot of times young players come in and their job is to score or they’re gifted players and you really have to work with them on the defensive side of the game, especially at this speed and the size of the players. 

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He seems to be very well-equipped to handle the game defensively, and he’s done a great job.  He’s played four games in five nights and tonight was an excellent game for him.  If he was going to fade you thought that he might have petered out tonight, but he didn’t.  He was very workmanlike and the PK was excellent, and he was a big part of that.”


 

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