Found August 04, 2013 on
Pro Sports Daily:
Ten years ago Tuesday on Aug. 6 2003 the Carolina Hurricanes made a routine and barely noticed offseason signing of a 21-year-old undrafted prospect who was unlikely to ever make a ripple in the hockey world at large let alone in the NHL let alone the Hurricanes.
He scored at will in junior hockey but for three years in a row no NHL team was willing to draft a player who was optimistically listed as 5-foot-10 173 pounds. His hometown Detroit Red Wings had him in camp – twice! – but passed. The Hurricanes finally extended a contract offer late in the summer as much a bone thrown to a kid who spent his entire career in the Peter Karmanos hockey empire as anything else.
Ten years later Chad LaRose exits the scene as quietly as he entered it.
His contract with the Hurricanes expired June 30. He didn’t show up for his end-of-season exit interview according to Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford. He has not been reachable through multiple phone or text messages this summer.
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According to the Raleigh News & Observer's Luke DeCock, the Carolina Hurricanes are pretty sure that Chad Larose, the first player to graduate from Peter Karmanos's Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to first his ECHL team, the Florida Everblades, and then the Carolina Hurricanes, has retired, but nobody's quite sure what LaRose's plans involve, and there's a simple...
I am on record as suggesting that if I were Canes GM, I would strongly consider trading Jeff Skinner to add a top-tier defenseman. I was also reasonably tough on him in my 2012-13 review. And I have pointed out my concern with the size, injury risk and length/salary risk associated with his contract. You can find a couple of those past blogs here:
2012-13 Jeff Skinner eval...
There is still plenty of time for other moves to be made but since we're only a month away from training camp, I thought it would be a good time to see how this Hurricanes roster compares to last year's. The Hurricanes haven't made many big moves this off-season, but there is a lot of new blood coming in and I think we're going to see a different looking team.