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Can LaRose, Hurricanes Get it Done?

Thursday, 07.2.2009 / 9:32 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Can LaRose, Hurricanes Get it Done?
It’s Day Two of unrestricted free agency, which for the Hurricanes may actually be a bit more interesting than the first.

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Carolina was able to get Erik Cole back in the fold, which saves them a lot of trouble going forward in terms of trying to find a replacement. Given the Canes’ budget, wingers capable of playing on the first line with Eric Staal wouldn’t have been easy to find on the open market or via trade. Getting a known commodity at a good price is a good thing.

The situation with Chad LaRose is much trickier. Despite discussions that started at the end of the season and continued all the way through the initial free agent period, talks have apparently remained at a standstill. The Canes claim they have other targets, and LaRose seems to have other suitors.

If that’s true and it’s not just a case of one side trying to bluff the other, I would expect the situation would be resolved rather quickly today. If they still can’t come to an agreement, both sides have other directions in which to turn. So what’s to stop them from doing so?

The difficulty of these negotiations has been very surprising. At the end of the season, it seemed as though it would only be a matter of days before LaRose had a new contract given the history between the organization and the player. The fact that they continue to talk to each other rather than run with other options suggests that the mutual interest is still there, despite how roughly things have progressed.

So, what happens next? That’s up to LaRose and the Hurricanes, but one would expect each side to have a new contract very soon, whether it’s with each other or someone else.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81