You'd think that we'd hate all other NHL blogs, but the truth is that we pretty much enjoy all of them. One of the best general NHL blogs out there is the magnificently named Barry Melrose Rocks and we're glad to have them contribute to CLS for the first time.
Dave McBrayer writes for BMR as well as his Hurricanes-related blog Carolina on Ice. Make sure to follow both blogs and enjoy his slightly different take on the Hurricanes free agent situations.
The Hurricanes have only two UFAs: Erik Cole and Chad LaRose.
Erik Cole was traded for Joni Pitkanen this time last year but the Canes were teh suck without him so they brought him back. He was good, then crappy again - consistency and his lack thereof were one of the reasons why he was traded in the first place. If he can come back at a reasonable salary (say 2 years, 2.75mil/per) - awesome. But he's always been a beast to try and get re-signed, so perhaps Jimmy Rutherford has had enough of Cole getting the upper hand in negotiations. The whole "deciding not to show up or score a goal" in the playoffs certainly didn't help him if he's leveraging for a paperstack anywhere close to his prior $4mil/per contract.
I may die / cancel my season tickets / cry into my pillow if they can't re-sign LaRose:
Chad LaRose deserves so much more than the $875,000 he got last year. He was an RFA last year and Rutherford low-balled him due to claims that LaRose was their pencilled "4th line player" with a 1 year deal. He had a career season with 19 goals and 12 assists. Now he can't come to terms with the Canes as they most likely are trying to NOT pay him anywhere close to what he could get on the open market.
You won't find #59 on any prized free agent lists this summer, but there are plenty of clubs that would love to have a passionate, hard working player like Chad LaRose.
Free Agent I wouldn't mind seeing in the red and black: Mike Knuble
David Lee introduced the rumor to me. No way it happens though (please happen!).