UPDATE: After watching Ottawa just score three goals in about two and a half minutes, it’s clear this team needs more than good health..
The Carolina Hurricanes have lost three straight games and, with it, their lead in the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. If the playoffs started today, the Hurricanes would be on the sidelines.
But they play tonight, and the lineup will definitely have a different feel.
For starters: the Hurricanes today traded winger Craig Adams to Chicago for “future considerations,” which might mean a draft pick or a bag of pucks. Either way, the dealing of the hard-working Adams – a fourth-line checker and penalty killer who has been a mainstay of the lineup and whose blue-collar ethic has won him many fans – is probably meant to send a signal to the team: here’s a guy who’s spent his career in this organization (except for a couple of months with Anaheim, where he never played a game). He’s played more games for the Hurricanes than any player on the roster right now except for Glen Wesley and Rod Brind’Amour. If he can be traded, so can you.
Adams’ departure leaves room for three players being activated from IR: center Matt Cullen, right winger Scott Walker and defenseman Bret Hedican. All three are available to play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, but it’s doubtful Hedican will be on the ice. (NOTE: Hedican did suit up and is playing.)
The return of Cullen and Walker will hopefully get the team over this horrible hump it’s been sitting on (win one, lose one) since November. If it doesn’t, there will be more deals in the days to come…