I've been caught up in all the great Olympic hockey. I'll see if I can crank a couple of these out tonight before all the craziness starts on Wednesday.
The Canes are a funny team. One year in the playoffs. One year out. This year they're definitely out. A slow start cost them the season. A freak injury to Cam Ward has left them scrambling to find a starting goalie. They're a good team that will be looking to move a few veterans, restock the draft cabinet and hit the restart button next year. A core of Eric Staal, Cam Ward and Brandon Sutter is a nice start.
1. Ray Whitney (UFA 887,500)- His name has been linked to the Kings more than any other player on the market right now. There's really not much more to say about him. I can't see Dean parting with a first-round pick for 'The Wizard.'
2. Joe Corvo (UFA 656,250)- Remember Joe? He's got a bomb of a shot. He's been out for the majority of this season with a broken leg. He can run a powerplay and drive fans crazy with his inconsistent play in his own end. He can eat up minutes and wouldn't be a bad addition to the Kings 2nd PP unit.
3. Aaron Ward (UFA 625,000)- He's been traded and reacquired twice. The Bruins and Canes liked him that much. He's a solid veteran defender that can eat up minutes and bring a ton of playoff experience. He's a three-time Stanley Cup Winner.