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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 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