Over the last few days, the Hurricanes did well with the limited cap space they had remaining by filling two roster spots for a combined $1.5 mil. Jim Rutherford did great work by making this happen, but there are still a couple of roster spots to be filled and the Hurricanes have some cap space to work with. The question is who should the Hurricanes use this remaining cap space on. Looking at their depth chart, they still have to fill at least two bottom-six spots and the position doesn't really matter since they have plenty of guys within the organization who can play both center and wing. With a little under $6 mil. in cap space remaining, the Canes should be able to fill those two spots without much trouble if they can find a good bargain. However, things get a little dicey if they decide to splurge, which is very possible.
There were some rumblings about the Hurricanes looking to bring in a "big" free agent on a one year deal for about $3-3.5 mil. and that opens the door for some bigger names possibly coming to Carolina. There aren't any spots currently open in the top-six, but I don't see that being too much of an issue because there are plenty of suitable third-liners still available. Secondary scoring was something the Canes lacked last season, so paying a little extra for a skilled third liner is a gamble that they might be willing to take. Acquiring someone who can play in the top-six in the event of an injury also makes a lot of sense.
However, there are a lot of other factors to consider here, as well. The Hurricanes still have a few RFAs to sign as well as their first round draft pick, Elias Lindholm. The RFA's shouldn't take up that much space, but Lindholm's deal could be anywhere from $1.5-3 mil. per season after bonuses, so that is going to play a big role in how much money the Canes have to spend this summer. Whether or not Lindholm makes the team is unknown, but he will probably get the 7-10 game tryout at the very least, so the team will need to make room for his cap hit.
This might hamper some of the team's plans in free agency and prevent them from bringing in a player with a relatively high salary. However, there are some ways that they can get around this and have some cap flexibility without moving too many important pieces. We'll explore those options after the jump.no comments