Saturday, June 03, 2006

Building a Playoff Beast

While we await Monday night, I wanted to take a moment to look back on how PK, JR, and Lavvy built these '05/'06 Carolina Hurricanes. Glen Wesley was acquired by the Whale from the Bruins in 1994 for a number of guys including a pick that became Sergei Samsonov in 1997. In the late 1990's the 'Canes shot blanks in the entry draft picking up David Tanabe in 1999, no first rounder in 2000, and Igor Knyazev in 2001.

In 2000, Roddy joined the Hurricanes in deal that sent Keith Primeau to Philly. JR built the 2002 Cup finals team by adding Award, Bret Hedican, Kevyn Adams, and Kevin Weekes for picks and guys who have since disappeared (Shane Willis), floundered on the waiver wire (Chris Dingman) or fell off the wagon (Sandis Ozolinsh). After the 2002 Cup run, the Hurricanes tanked for the next two seasons, but used the occasion of these melt-downs to bring in two stars of the present and one star of the future.

Here's a look at the trades, free agent signings and draft picks since around 2001 that went into creating the Beast of the East:

GainsLosses

Hedican & KAdams

Sandis Oh-Nozolinsh, Byron Ritchie
Martin Gerber Tomas Malec and a 3rd
Mike Commodore a 3rd
AWard a 4th
Justin WilliamsDanny Markov (I still miss Danny, but it was worth it, eh?)
CAdamsBruno St. Jacques
Doug WeightJesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, Magnus Kahnberg, and picks
Mark RecchiNiklas Nordgren, Krystofer Kolanos and a 2nd

Free Agents
Matt Cullen
Corey Stillman
Frankie Kaberle
Ray Whitney
Oleg Tverdovsky
Glen Wesley


Thru the Draft
2002 Cam Ward (25th)
2003 Eric Staal(2nd)
2004 Andrew Ladd (4th)

2 comments:

The Acid Queen said...

Actually, I dunno if you can really count Wes as a "real" free agent signing, since he and JimR had this unspoken agreement that once he was done with the season in T-dot he would come back to the 'Canes.

As for Shane Willis, he's playing in Sweden--or was, rather (their season ended a short while ago).

CasonBlog said...

Glen was out there technically, so I put him in. I did a post back then calling on JR to go ahead and sign him early rather than leave him hanging. Wes has been a heart and soul piece of this club for a long long time. Glad to hear Willis has caught on. He was fun to watch before he started hearing footsteps.