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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 70 21 28 -12 49
J. Faulk 75 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 74 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 70 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 73 11 20 -12 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 71 8 17 -13 25
J. McClement 75 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 47 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 39 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60