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Canes Still Working on Trade

Tuesday, 10.14.2008 / 2:54 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes Still Working on Trade

Even though he’s been impressed with the offensive contributions of the team as a whole thus far, whether it’s balanced scoring from the forwards or contributions from the back end, Canes GM Jim Rutherford says the team will continue to look at trading one of his extra defensemen for another body at forward.

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”At this point we run the risk of another one or two injuries, and then we don’t have the depth up front to continue,” said Rutherford.  “We feel that we do have some defensemen in the minors that can be called up if necessary, so with eight defensemen here we continue to look at possibilities to add another forward.”

Anton Babchuk and Josef Melichar have been healthy scratches for each of the team’s first three games, and with the team only allowing three goals at even strength through three games, it’s unclear when they’ll get into the lineup.

Add Albany defensemen Casey Borer, Brett Carson and Bryan Rodney into the mix, and it’s easy to see why the Hurricanes could afford to lose a blueliner in a trade.

Although Zach Boychuk’s recent return to full health means the Canes will essentially have another forward at their disposal as early as this weekend, Rutheford doesn’t expect that to necessarily alter his trade strategy, even if Boychuk plays well.

“Not totally,” he said. “It’s really asking a lot of a player that’s still of junior age to not have any training camp and not play any preseason games to be at 100 percent of his game.  We’ll see how he does.  Maybe he will show signs that he’s ready to play at this level, but that would be a huge step based on the fact that he’s missed camp.”

Rutherford also expects the Canes’ penalty killing troubles to be resolved from within rather than specifically targeting a forward who could help in that area.  On the flip side of the three-even-strength-goals-allowed-in-three-games stat mentioned above, the Hurricanes have allowed six power play goals in 19 chances for a 68.4 percent success rate – good for 27th in the league.

”We’re making some mental mistakes that we need to do a better job with,” said Rutherford.  “We have the guys that can kill the penalties - it’s just keeping that determination like we’re playing in a playoff game.  If we played it that way we’ll be fine, it’s just at this point we haven’t done that good of a job.”

Better avoiding shorthanded situations to begin with would also help solve that problem.  The Canes are tied for fifth in the league in minor penalties taken, a figure somewhat skewed by the fact that the New York Rangers are ahead of them but have played two more games due to their early start in Europe.

Notes:

  • The Hurricanes called off today’s optional practice following last night’s loss vs. Detroit, the team’s third game in four days.  They’ll practice at home for the next two days before departing for the west coast.
     
  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jack Johnson is expected to miss about three months with a shoulder injury, ruling out an interesting match-up Friday with the team that drafted him third overall in 2005.  The teams don't play again this season.
     
  • Former Hurricane Keith Aucoin, now in the Washington Capitals' system, was named AHL player of the week today.  In three games, Aucoin scored two goals and five assists, including a goal 1:36 seconds into his first game with the Hershey Bears.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72