The Carolina Hurricanes have had a rather controversial offseason, with the majority of the moves they made being ones that left fans wondering what GM Don Waddell was thinking. This is not largely due to the caliber of the players, but rather the opinion that fans and other players hold on these individuals. One deal in particular though truly made no sense as the Hurricanes gave up an amazing prospect for someone who didn’t end up resigning with the team.
The trade that made even Steve Yzerman wonder how the Hurricanes were comfortable giving up what they did, the infamous trade of Alex Nedeljkovic. The Hurricanes traded away Calder Trophy finalist Nedeljkovic to the Detroit Red Wings for Jonathan Bernier and a third-round pick in the 2021 entry draft. The team then proceeded to not resign unrestricted free-agent Bernier to a new contract, making it so that the team traded away their top goalie prospect for only a third-round pick, which wouldn’t even recuperate what they spent to draft the goalie they gave up.
The only other trade to happen so far was much less controversial, as the Hurricanes got the better end of the deal, with the team taking Ethan Bear from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Warren Foegele. This deal became even more necessary for the Hurricanes after a few crucial losses in the free-agent market.
The Hurricanes lost a lot of players in the free-agent market, the most notable of which being star defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils. While the team did try to resign the player, they did not offer him a contract that got his attention and as such, lost out on the player.
In goal, the Hurricanes lost Petr Mrazek to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jonathan Bernier to the New Jersey Devils, and James Reimer to the San Jose Sharks. This meant that the Hurricanes now had no goalies whatsoever to start in the NHL, and would leave them in a highly uncomfortable position were there not to be so many goalies available in free agency.
In the expansion draft, the Hurricanes lost young player Morgan Geekie, who had been expected to play in The NHL for most of the season. Although not a terrible loss for the team, he would make for a good prospect and a possible future top-six forward.
Further losses include forwards Sheldon Rempal, Brock McGinn, and Cedric Paquette, defensemen David Warsofsky, Joakim Ryan, and Roland McKeown. Overall, the Hurricanes suffered a lot of losses, but have also made a fair few signings, with some being more controversial than others.
Free Agency Acquisitions
The most controversial signing in free agency that made Ethan Bear’s trade even more of an outrage, was the signing of defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. The player is shrouded in controversy, as his former teammates with the New York Rangers fought with him due to comments he made, including Chris Kreider punching the player in the face. While we refrain from indulging in rumors, the player has clear anger issues and has been recorded as making antisemitic comments.
To fix their goalie issue the Hurricanes signed veteran goalie Antti Raanta, and former Toronto Maple Leaf starter Frederik Andersen. Overall the two could make a strong goalie tandem that could make up for some of what the Hurricanes lost in free agency. As well they signed Alex Lyon who makes for a good third option in the net should the two veteran netminders find themselves injured.
The Hurricanes also signed forwards Stefan Noesen, Derek Stepan, Maxim Letunov, Josh Leivo, and resigned Jordan Martinook. As well, in defense, the team signed Ian Cole, Brendan Smith, and Jalen Chatfield. Overall, the Hurricanes have made signing that look to fill the holes in their system, as well as to recuperate the losses that they had from player contracts expiring.
main image credit