Is this man the missing piece?
The Ducks re-signed Bruno St. Jacques for one year, breaking the Hurricanes nearly uninterrupted string of do-over signings. The news last week about David Tanabe lunching with JR and Lavvy brings to my mind two things:
- David is a guy both Jeff Daniels and Kevin McCarthy know well. Might be a relatively inexpensive acquisition of a guy with the kind of character they seek.
- The Canes must be finding their niche in Raleigh if a local business rag is doing a paparazzi piece like this. The fact that some tipster could identify David Tanabe across a restaurant bodes well the local media finally getting with the program.
At the start of last season, John Buccigross' rub against the Canes was that they were both too old and too young. Barring any late developments, that story angle might actually end up being more descriptive of this year's squad. There are still some intriquing seasoned but not over-the-hill UFA's and RFA's out there JR could still take a run at including big names Anson Carter and Brian Gionta. Hell, if JR want's to keep this old home week thing going, Jaro Svoboda is still looking for a job.