Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Carolina Hurricanes Round-Up

The Carolina Hurricanes have re-signed Erik Cole to a 2 year, $5.8 Million dollar contract and re-signed Tuomo Ruutu to a 3 year, $11.4 Million dollar contract.

GM Jim Rutherford wasted no time re-signing two key components that helped lead the Hurricanes to the conference finals. Not an overly offensive team, Carolina is geared towards playing more of a team concept which has proven successful. Coach Paul Maurice has made the most of his opportunity being behind the Hurricanes bench once again. Look for Carolina to be a force again next season.

Erik Cole – Being traded back to Carolina was a blessing for Cole and his fantasy owners. Once he was traded, he lined up on the top line and not only played a big role in Carolina’s playoff run but chipped in at almost a point per game. Not a keeper any longer, Cole should be looked at in later rounds as a decent depth pickup.

Tuomo Ruutu – After his trade from Chicago, Ruutu looked to fit right in on the top lines in Carolina. He was able to net 54 points in 79 games and net 79 PIMS to his totals. He should be looked at as a depth winger next season that will contribute points and PIMS to your totals. Look to draft him in later rounds as he isn’t a household name.


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