The Carolina Hurricanes have been a busy team so far in free agency. Despite losing Petr Mrazek to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Alex Nedeljkovic to Detroit, the Hurricanes still came out with a goalie that has the potential to be strong and help with a playoff run. As well, even with the chance of losing star defensemen Dougie Hamilton, the Hurricanes came up with yet another solution to add a defenseman with some real talent who may grow into being a truly elite player.
The signing of free-agent Frederick Andersen was a surprise to most, however, at such a low contract value of $4.5 million, he was an absolute steal, especially after losing Petr Mrazek earlier in the day. Andersen is a solid goalie who works well with a strong defense in front of him, as was proven by his Jennings Trophy in the 2015-16 season. While his form has been in question since he returned from injury, he still may have some time left to recover into his previous form in which he could backstop victory for his team.
It is likely that Andersen will take the starting position as the majority of Carolina’s goalies have left the team, with James Reimer being the only potential goalie to stay even though he is also an unrestricted free agent. The goalie will likely bolster the Hurricanes’ strength going forward and may see the Hurricanes make a stronger playoff run in the coming years.
The second massive deal the Hurricanes did was the move for defensemen Ethan Bear. The Hurricanes acquired him in exchange for Warren Foegele, much to the dismay of many Edmonton Oiler’s fans. The fans took to Twitter to exclaim their dismay as the trade heavily favored the Hurricanes. Even more so fans are outraged as the Hurricanes traded for Bear while still considering signing NHL outcast Anthony DeAngelo, a player who was bought out of his contract in New York after extreme amounts of unjust behavior including racism.
Ethan Bear on the Rise for Carolina
Bear is a stunning defenseman who could easily look to play top-line minutes, especially as he continues to grow, coming up from his youth at only the age of 24. The player was a steal for Edmonton, as they took him in the fifth round in the 2015 NHL entry draft. The native Canadian player is already amazing and sets a great example for young prospects everywhere. The player will have the chance to continually grow moving forward, and being teamed up with the considerably older player Jaccob Slavin, there is largely a chance that he may develop into one of the top defensemen in the league.
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