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12-11-2009, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Vagrant View Post
I try not to be a conspiracy theorist, but it seems that Rutherford is making sure that all his pieces are 1000% healthy by the time the trade deadline, or even January 1st, comes around. Give them long enough to get healthy and then showcase them to the extent of their abilities.
I agree with you, but I don't think it's gonna be a wholesale dumping of players. As seen from last year, the pieces are actually in place...with a few GLARING exceptions.

If you rid yourself of Corvo (expiring contract), A Ward, and maybe one of Whitney, Walker or LaRose at the deadline, you leave room for some youngsters next year AND get the corresponding help with salaries. Couple that with maybe Wallin and Brind'Amour (a guy can dream) leaving the organization, I think the Canes are a really good team next year. Growing pains, yes, but also lots of excitement.

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