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Canes GM Rutherford sure sounds like he wants to make a splash this summer

May 2, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

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By now we’ve read about the rumors saying the Carolina Hurricanes are curious about adding another Staal brother to their roster in Jordan Staal. We’ve also read plenty about Carolina’s hopes to land potential free agent Zach Parise to their roster as well.

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford did nothing to dispel that talk in speaking with Chip Alexander of the News & Observer and saying he has high hopes of making a big splash this summer.

“What we’re working on now is whatever it takes to get a top player, whether it’s a center or a wing,” Rutherford said. “Eric can play the wing. He has played the wing before and played there in the (2010 Olympics (for Team Canada). He has played very well on the wing.”

A center or a wing you say? Hey, Jordan Staal plays center and Parise plays wing. How about that!

The problem with gunning for Staal is that he’s got one year left on his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent after that. If Carolina is to deal for him, they have to get him re-signed. Parise, on the other hand, just needs the right contract offer come July 1 should New Jersey not re-sign him.

A Carolina pipe dream? Perhaps, but with Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner in place already, adding a third superstar would go a long way.

  1. lonespeed - May 2, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Jordan Staal would be phenominal. I wonder if Marc wants out of New York?

  2. miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Jordan Staal wants to play with his brother so I don’t think it would be too hard for Carolina to resign him.

  3. dougr42 - May 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Jeff Skinner is a superstar now? Huh, how about that.

    • miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Youngest all star in any of the 4 major north American sports, Calder Trophy winner, Named Sporting News Rookie of The Year, this kid is a stud that had some bad luck with a concussion.

      • dougr42 - May 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        I don’t think those are superstar metrics. Steve Mason won the Calder and Sporting News Rookie of the Year.

  4. rtrmusic - May 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Only problem is what does Carolina have that Pittsburgh would want? I don’t see Skinner involved in any deal.

    • miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Carolina has the 8th overall pick which could make things interesting. Pens may want to add Martin/Michalek (As a cap dump) to the deal to kill 2 birds with 1 stone (Obviously if they can get enough in return).

      • miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Just checked and Carolina has the 4th lowest cap of all NHL teams so they have the room for two semi big contracts (Staal = $4 Mil / Martin = $5 Mil).

      • rtrmusic - May 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Ya but they can get the 8th overall for Staal alone, no need to throw Martin in there (even if it’s a salary dump) unless Ruutu is coming back the other way. Last time I checked they do have some high rated prospects, but if I was Shero I would want more established players and maybe a prospect.

      • miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        No I think you are right rtrmusic, but this is a good chance for the Pens to dump off some bad cap and being that Carolina has some room why not speculate a little.

        If I was Shero I would as well stay away from prospects and just work on the now.

      • miketoasty - May 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Also just read this on twitter from a media person: “If Staal goes to Carolina…1st round pick and Jeff Skinner have to be in the deal. Would also like them to take Paul Martin.”

  5. jimw81 - May 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    good luck getting quality players down there

  6. ajansen1 - May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Was this:
    ” gunning for Staal”

    a Mighty ducks reference? If so, major kudos for you, Joe

    Did anyone else catch that?

  7. herbiecane - May 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Jim Rutherford needs to GM with his head, not his heart. Staal for Skinner or Staal for #8 pick, with a prospect if need be.
    But Skinner AND the 8th pick? Hell no.
    I understand the need to keep Eric happy. But Pittsburgh nailing us in a trade isn’t the way to do it.

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