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Rutherford "Not Optimistic" on Cole, LaRose

Tuesday, 06.30.2009 / 9:55 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Rutherford \"Not Optimistic\" on Cole, LaRose
On the eve of the official start of unrestricted free agency, Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford said that no progress has been made in negotiations with Erik Cole and Chad LaRose.

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“Not optimistic,” said Rutherford, adding that he did not have meetings scheduled with the agent for either player before the end of the day.

Rutherford also reiterated his stance that today would be the final day to come to an agreement, and that he would expect both players to move on to other organizations if a deal with Carolina can’t be reached.

“If they go into tomorrow then they’re obviously making the choice to go somewhere else,” he said. “We’ve given our best offer within our budget to try to keep them, and at this point it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”

The same goes for depth forward Ryan Bayda, who was offered a two-way contract by the Hurricanes but will attempt to see if he can earn a one-way deal with another team starting tomorrow. If he is unable to do so, Rutherford said that the team’s initial offer will remain on the table after July 1.

“Ryan was a good player for us, and whether he’s on a one-way or a two-way if he’s with us will play a lot of games,” said Rutherford. “But I can understand his position.”

Rounding out the team’s list of unrestricted free agents, Rutherford said that the team was close to a two-way agreement with Michael Ryan, another depth forward who played very well for the Hurricanes at stretches this season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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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