The Carolina Hurricanes face another offseason in which hard decisions need to be made. After missing the playoffs yet again, the pressure is on for Jim Rutherford to make the right moves for the team. One of the most important choices is who to keep and who to let go.
Many will blame the Hurricanes problems this year on their weak goaltending after Cam Ward’s injury. Dan Ellis was a great backup goalie before the injury, but fell apart later in the season. Although he was below average at the end of the season, his early performance should earn him another contract with the Canes. Fellow goaltender Justin Peters has not solidified his role as backup. There is no reason to not have depth in the goalie position, because anything can happen.
Bobby Sanguinetti practically came out of nowhere this season to play on the Hurricanes defense. While he wasn’t great, his play showed that he was getting better and still had the potential to be a long time NHL defenseman. At the age of 25, he still has time to grow and shouldn’t have too much trouble taking the play of veteran defenseman Joe Corvo, who is likely on his way out of the organization.
Tim Brent was never asked to do anything extraordinary on the Hurricanes, but he has played his role almost perfectly. Brent can provide a little depth scoring from the fourth line and also play a large role on the penalty kill. He rarely makes defensive errors and occasionally shows fantastic offensive skill. Brent can also be an asset on the power play playing the point. It would be a mistake for the Hurricanes not to resign Brent.