RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford liked the core of his team enough at the end of last season that instead of moving players from a club that didnt reach the postseason, he systematically added parts.
Gone, at least for now, is the perception that this is a penny-pinching organization trying to massage a playoff spot out of a group that too often lacked the depth and usually firepower to get past the stronger teams in the Eastern Conference.
So instead of letting Tuomo Ruutu go, he was re-signed, though he may miss the season with a hip injury. The team traded for Jordan Staal, who had just one year left on his contract in Pittsburgh. But that risk was smoothed by the reality that his older brother has been a perennial All-Star with the Hurricanes for nearly a decade and, wanting to stay together, the younger Staal later inked a 10-year, 60 million contract with the team.
They signed sniper Alexander Semin to a one-year, 7 million deal. The lone ...