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Rutherford's Deadline Roundup

Thursday, 03.6.2014 / 5:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Rutherford\'s Deadline Roundup
Rutherford addressed the media and discussed the Loktionov trade, the ongoing goaltending situation, what could happen in the summer and more.

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President and General Manager Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes were in California prior to the NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline on Wednesday. Following a team practice on Thursday, Rutherford addressed the media and discussed the lone transaction of the day, the ongoing goaltending situation, what could happen in the summer and more.

The full 13-minute press conference is available above. Below are some notable snippets.

  • “You guys been sitting here since 3 yesterday afternoon?” he joked as he walked into the room.
  • On accomplishing what the front office set out to do on Wednesday: “The priority certainly was to see if we could move Tuomo’s contract, so that was the main goal. In that respect, yes [we accomplished everything we set out to do]. The goalie situation was sitting out there. We had made a decision a couple of days prior to the deadline that we were going to keep three (goaltenders) and sort this out in the summertime. We listened to different things about players that were out there, but based on the rental prices and the term that players had in their contracts, we really didn’t see anything that would make our team better.”
  • On why Tuomo Ruutu was moved: “When we break it down as a management team, your top forwards need to play in the top six. As time has gone on, he is not in our top six. From a financial point of view, it doesn’t make sense to continue to carry that type of player. From a physical point of view, it’s something we may have to address in the off-season. As much as I like Tuomo and as much as I think his game is starting to turn around now, he wasn’t giving us as much [offensive production] as we would have liked.”
  • On if the team is retaining a portion of Ruutu’s contract: “Yes, but we don’t talk about how much.”
  • On how actively the team pursued moving one of the three goaltenders before the deadline: “Not overly active. I listened to what other teams had to say. Obviously that’s something I should do; you never know what might come up. But we had made a decision that our preference was to really take a good look at it in the summertime and see where we’re going to go.”
  • On re-evaluating the goaltending situation this summer: “We have a lot of respect for all three of our goalies, and I just think making a quick decision through the trade deadline was not the right thing to do.”
  • On why the Canes were neither buyers nor sellers at the deadline: “If we wanted to just dump a few more players, we could have yesterday. The reason we didn’t is because, despite the fact that the odds are against us, we’re still trying to make the playoffs.”
  • On the team moving forward: “Everything will be evaluated at the end of the season as to whether we’re going in the right direction or we need to go in a different direction. But I will say that I feel the same way about this team today as I did at the start of the season: we have a pretty good team, and a much-improved team.”
  • On what he would like to see on the power play: “A goal. And then I’ll go beyond that and say a lot of goals.”
  • On the possibility of the Canes’ participation in an outdoor game, whether as the home team or visiting team: “We’ve had talk about it, more of a casual conversation with the league. It’s not something we’d look at for next year, but as this goes along, it’s maybe something we need to look at in the next few years. It’d be a great event here. … As long as NC State agreed to have a game there, we have a stadium there and an arena here, you could really make it such a huge event. Of course, we’d have to make sure we get some cool days and not one of those warmer winter days, but I think it’d be a lot of fun to have and something we’ll continue to talk about.”


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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