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Can LaRose, Hurricanes Get it Done?

Thursday, 07.02.2009 / 9:32 AM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 63 36 16 11 184 165 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 OTT 63 29 23 11 179 169 69
11 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
12 NJD 65 27 28 10 146 168 64
13 CBJ 64 27 33 4 166 203 58
14 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
15 CAR 63 24 32 7 145 170 55
16 BUF 65 19 41 5 125 218 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 63 12 28 -17 40
E. Staal 58 18 20 -13 38
J. Skinner 58 16 11 -17 27
E. Lindholm 62 11 16 -19 27
R. Nash 60 8 15 -9 23
N. Gerbe 59 7 16 -11 23
V. Rask 61 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 63 6 13 1 19
J. Staal 27 4 12 -5 16
A. Nestrasil 35 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 12 3 .903 2.63