The Carolina Hurricanes have had a relatively quiet offseason to this point, but it might not be that way for long. General manager Jim Rutherford has come out and said that the Hurricanes were close to a deal with a big name free agent, but it would require them to shed a bit of salary.
While we don’t know who could end up being a salary cap casualty for the Hurricanes it isn’t too hard to figure out who that free agent might be. With interest in Jaromir Jagr still pretty heavy, even at his advanced age, the Hurricanes have been considered among the front runners for him.
Jagr, who has proven extremely beneficial to the teams that have signed him in the past couple of seasons, would likely be a tremendous fit for a young Hurricanes team that is on the cusp of being a very real threat in the playoffs. Don’t forget, this was a team headed towards potentially taking their division, prior to injuries destroying the roster and their season.
Jagr finished with 35 points in 45 games during the shortened season, still showcasing that ability to put the puck in the back of the net, with 16 of those points coming on goals. He’s proven to be a good presence for younger players, particularly on the ice. There’s little doubt that he’d be a fantastic addition.
The Hurricanes are in need of help on the right wing. They have Alexander Semin who can put the puck in the back of the net, but their depth on the right side is not great. Jagr would instantly slot in on the second line and help the Hurricanes’ offense to reach their potential.
Assuming this is the free agent that the Canes are looking at, Jagr is the right move for them. We’ll see who they have to cut loose in order to sign him, but there’s no doubt that this is a better roster with Jagr on it, if they’re able to get a deal done as many are expecting them to.