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‘Canes letting Corvo, Ellis, LaRose go to market

Jun 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

Joe Corvo

Sounds like a number of veteran Hurricanes are unlikely to be back with the club next year.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford confirmed the club is letting defenseman Joe Corvo and goalie Dan Ellis become unrestricted free agents on July 5, along with forwards Chad LaRose and Tim Brent and defensemen Bobby Sanguinetti and Marc-Andre Bergeron.

“We will let them go into free agency,” Rutherford told the Raleigh News & Observer. “We’ll see if some make it back to us or if we make it back to them.”

Corvo, 36, has done three tours of duty with the ‘Canes — 2007-09, 2010-11 and 2013. He appeared in 40 games last season, scoring 6G-11A-17PTS while averaging close to 19 minutes per night.

Ellis, 32, recently told the Observer he and the ‘Canes were “talking back and forth” about a new deal, but those talks seemed to have cooled.

The journeyman netminder signed in Carolina last season on a one-year, $800,000 deal, primarily to serve as a veteran backup to starter Cam Ward — then got forced into starting duty when Ward was lost for the year with a knee injury.

Ellis went 6-8-2 with a .906 save percentage and 3.13 GAA, occasionally splitting duties with third-stringer Justin Peters.

Of the other remaining UFAs, LaRose is probably the most notable.

He’s spent his entire eight-year career in Carolina, appearing in over 500 regular season games and 39 playoff contests — 21 of which came during the Stanley Cup run of 2006.

LaRose, 31, had a good year in 2011-12, scoring 19G-13A-32PTS — a career-high in points, despite only playing 67 games.

  1. vshehane - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Hey Dan, we are looking for a back up to Pekka, come on back to Nashville!

  2. thesneakysalamander - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Should have kept LaRose, some other team is going to get a hell of a player

    • quixotissimo - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      Three years ago I would have agreed with you. Now the guy is slooooooooow, he isn’t winning puck battles in the corners anymore, and his hands are made of stone, that’s why he was relegated to the fourth line toward the end of the year.

  3. earpaniac - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I’m waiting for the article about how the Flyers are interested. It seems they have an interest in any D-man with a pulse if you believe the blogs.

    • withseidelinn - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      As they should be

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