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Report: Major changes could be coming to Carolina

Mar 21, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

You can watch the video segment here. Dreger says it’s “highly likely” that Ward will be traded, though one has to wonder what kind of market there will be for a goalie with a .893 save percentage this season, not to mention the $6.3 million cap hit through 2015-16 and all the injuries the 30-year-old has dealt with in the past few years. (That Conn Smythe Trophy he won in 2006 was a while ago now.)

Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, if there are indeed in play, would garner interest. However, it sounds like the first order of business will be determining the future of president/general manager Jim Rutherford (who don’t forget also has a minority ownership stake in the franchise), after which the coaching and player decisions could be made, either by Rutherford or a new GM.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    I don’t think they need make huge changes like dealing Skinner or E. Staal. They just need to get bigger and tougher and shore up the defense. I mean why would they trade Jeff Skinner? He has all the tools to be a Paul Kariya level player.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I’d keep Skinner and trade both Staals. Make Skinner the captain, they could get massive returns for Eric Staal and more than what they gave up to get Jordan. This would only make sense if they are completely revamping the team. Don’t necessarily think it’s needed.

      • stakex - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        Jordan Staal has a much larger cap hit but with less production than he had with the Pens…. how do you expect them to get more than they gave up for him? They would actually be damn lucky to get anything close to what they paid.

      • abizzle03 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        Yeah, come on… J Staal’s value now compared to when the Pens dealt him isn’t anywhere close. When the Pens traded him, people still thought he could be a legit 2nd line center. And at $6M per year for the next 8 years… yikes!

    • valoisvipers - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      I would keep the Staals but I would see if I could get for Skinner because with “all the tools” came a soft melon.Good players are only good if the can remain healthy and not regularly miss large chunks of the season. Ward will be tough to move but Bobby Lou was moved so anything is possible. If the Canes trade the Staals then the team is in for a complete blow up and a very long rebuild, which neither fans nor players want any part of. Get a new coach and some knowledgeable scouts.

  2. rbbbaron - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Yeah, let’s try moving Ward AFTER you give him a ball-and-chain contract that he wasn’t deserving of. In fairness, they haven’t had a reliable outside option like Khodubin during those last few years, but that still doesn’t justify Ward’s contract (which is also maybe part of the reason they haven’t been able or felt the need to go out and get that outside option…)

    Eric Staal hasn’t been living up to his own contract, so if Rutherford can get a nice return or otherwise help the team, he’d might as well.

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Oh man if Eric Staal gets traded how pissed is Jordan going to be…

  4. muckleflugga - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    looking at that picture i’m not so sure jimmy hoffa’s place of eternal repose was the end zone at giant’s stadium …

    it would after-all be a lateral transfer from teamsters’ cum organized crime to the nhl … violence … fraudulent product … autocratic rule

    wise guy meet wise ass meet greasy nhl front office

  5. rushledger - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    No way they get “more than what the got” for Jordan Staal. His value has declined, he hasn’t played at the same level as in Pittsburgh, his cap hit is higher also. Sorry pal. And yes they should at least consider blowing up this team, it’s gone absolutely nowhere in five years.

  6. jwalsh217 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    How about moving back to Hartford?

  7. smarshall3789 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I like Carolina but blowing it up isn’t the answer you def don’t trade Eric Stall or Jeff Skinner! As far as Jordan he’s got a big cap hit and hasn’t been good the past two years so no one is gonna take him! If I recall you guys have 3 amazing goalies keep one and trade 2 get a defenseman and a winger you should be fine! This team has talent they just maybe need a boost they need a big time defender and another offensive weapon I bet next year they will be in the playoffs! I’m not a fan of Carolina I just watch a lot of hockey!

    • stakex - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      The Hurricanes are on their way to missing the playoffs for the 5th strait year, and its probably not even going to be close this season. Perhaps a complete blowing up isn’t needed, but minor changes and additions aren’t going to do it.

      Also, how do you propose they get a big time defender and a top tier offensive weapon without trading any of their best players? They aren’t going to get much return from any of their goalies as you seem to suggest. While Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters have played well…. neither one has any significant NHL experience outside of this season, and likely won’t bring much of a return. Cam Ward might net a moderate asset, but his numbers have fallen off over the years and his trade value is questionable. If they really want a big time defender, they are going to have to move far more assets than one of their goalies….

      This is a common problem among fans: They want a team to go out and get a top forward, or defensemen, or goalie, or whatever combination of the three….. yet they don’t want to see anyone traded. Everyone wants huge returns from minor assets, and it just doesn’t work that way. If the Hurricanes are going to make a serious effort to get better, expect several big pieces to change hands. After all, if you can miss the playoffs with Staal and Skinner…. you can miss the playoffs without them.

      • rbbbaron - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        “his numbers have fallen off over the years”
        Since winning the cup, there has been maybe one season when Ward posted above average numbers; compared to his numbers in all those other seasons, that was very much an aberration.

  8. thos_prattt - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    If they decide to fire Muller, wouldn’t he be in some demand?

  9. hockeyflow33 - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Am I the only one holding out hope that all the Staals suit up for the same team?

  10. lordfletcher - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    would love for Fletcher to move all in for Skinner.

    Coyle and Dumba should be on the block, my opinion. Coyle shows all the signs of being a productive player but cannot get a point to save his life. Trade him while stock is high. I don’t see him ever being over 40 points in a season. Coyle / Dumba and Koivu for that matter.

    Bring in Skinner and someone like Kessler, lets go!

    ALL IN! Got to win a cup or compete before Parise and Suter turn 50 in a Wild sweater…. also re-sign Moulson and do not bring in Vanek!

  11. lonespeed - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I think wholesale changes would be a mistake.

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