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Anyone seen Chad LaRose? Let Carolina know

Aug 4, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Chad LaRose, Steve Mason AP

One of the more interesting free agents available this summer is Carolina forward Chad LaRose.

While the Hurricanes may have wanted to keep in the fold, they’re not sure how to get a hold of him.

Seriously.

Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer notes in his column on LaRose that he seems to have just disappeared without so much as a phone call or a “Dear John” letter.

His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview, according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.

If his own team is having trouble reaching him, teams that may have been interested in the unrestricted free agent are likely having similar luck. DeCock notes LaRose’s career is apparently ending the way it started: Out of the blue.

At 31 years-old he’s likely got a few more years of game in him if he wants to play. Considering he’s fallen off the grid he might just be done with the game.

  1. tcclark - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    That’s a shame. Hurricanes fans love him for some reason. Having been to a number of Hurricanes games, I see more LaRose jerseys than pretty much anyone not named Staal. I don’t get it, but he’s beloved in Carolina. They need to find a way to get him back…. for the fans’ sake.

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      • tcclark - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        That’s so crazy! I buy almost exclusively food and clothing though. When you find a food and clothing store online that i can get for 50-90% off, let me know.

  2. ballistictrajectory - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I always had to give grudging respect to him when he played for Lowell in the AHL. A dangerous guy in front of the net. I was actually happy for him, to see his career take off in the NHL after toiling on some horrible Lock Monster teams. Bummer if he’s “Averyed (Averied?)” his skates.

  3. zannjusktagg - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    It’s not just the on ice gameplay of Chad Larose that the Canes players and fans love. First off he is just a great person on and off the ice. Also he is a great locker room leader and keeps a light attitude whether the team is winning or losing, encouraging others to play their own game. It sounds kind of cheesy but this player means a lot more to the team than what meets the eye. Any Canes fan will tell you the same.

    • orangeandblackforlife - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      couldn’t have said it any better myself, zannjusktagg. Honestly, this guy being all of 5’10″, 165-170 (much less than his official profile says), he will (and has) taken a beating standing up for his teammates. He’s more than a standard “grinder” and while he might not have the greatest hands or be the absolute fastest guy on the ice, he moves well, knows the game really well, and can actually grind in front of the net extremely well for a small guy. His personality is genuine and he’s a PHENOMENAL team/locker room guy. Just the kind of guy a smaller market team on the rise (one with maybe a lot of youth) could absolutely use and would fit in perfectly with. He’s more than aware he’s not some finese/sniper type.. he can still agitate the opposition and can still kill penalties and grab the occasional short-handed goal. Got a lot of hockey left in him. Hopefully someone will shoot him a 1 mil/yr type offer and land a guy who can do a lot more than just put up 15 goals and whatever other tangibles ppl generally look at first and foremost. His intangibles shine through… someone will see that hopefully.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Well hopefully everything is ok. For someone to just bounce without following up with their employer is a red flag. To not entertain FA offers is just as bothersome.

  5. rushledger - Aug 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Maybe Chad Larose went to pick up those groceries and clothes that are 50-90% off and never made it home?

    • drone501 - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      lol

  6. orangeandblackforlife - Aug 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Ok even though I promised never to discuss his personal info (which I am most certainly NOT), I can tell you unequivocally that this article is BS. Shame on the writer for fabricating it. Patently false. Without divulging ANY details, all I will say is as one of his closest friends, I can promise you no one of importance from the Carolina Hurricanes organization is having trouble reaching Chad. Maybe the only truth in this article is some beat writer or someone on that level is not getting a response from Chad. His # hasn’t changed and his agents and anyone of importance within the organization (or any other organization, for that matter) has had, and will continue to have, no problem whatsoever reaching him. Please stop the BS.. The guy isn’t required to respond to every writer seeking comment out there.

    • orangeandblackforlife - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      and even though it certainly isn’t my responsibility to even get involved in attempting to clarify some of the BS that has been written, I’m going to say one last thing about the subject. He did not attend his end-of-season exit interview with Kirk Muller. He absolutely attended the exit interview with the GM, Jim Rutherford. Rutherford has even said so himself. Somehow that has been reported inaccurately as well from some outlets… some have said he didn’t attend either, which is 100% incorrect. Mr. Rutherford thinks very highly of Chad and Chad has ALWAYS thought the world of Mr. Rutherford. The fact that the Hurricanes are moving forward this off-season without Chad in their plans does not, by any means, mean that the GM suddenly thinks less of Chad and he CERTAINLY knows how to reach Chad and Chad’s agents. Regardless how some may feel about Chad’s skill set, he is one hell of a teammate, locker room presence, and has and will spend countless hours giving back to the fans, signing autographs, and appearing at any non-mandatory events within the community that his schedule will allow. He’s a stand up guy and, imo, he still will be a valuable asset for whoever signs him. Obviously no one is going to be throwing 2 mil a year at the guy, but he will be a valuable veteran asset who is versatile and feels he can add quite a bit to a team’s PK unit as well. In summation, stop the BS articles and the rumor spreading nonsense. Grasping at straws starting rumors is petty and amateurish.

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        I’m just glad we won’t be seeing him in a news report instead of the sports segment.

  7. lickityschlick11 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Talk about a guy executing an endgame he must’ve planned on long before the contract expired..

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