A week ago, I talked about what players the Carolina Hurricanes had to qualify to retain their rights and they qualified just about everyone who had a realistic shot of being in the NHL next season. The only players who were not qualified were Cedric McNicoll, Kyle Lawson and Matthew Pistilli, who were in the ECHL for most of last season. The Hurricanes may have held onto all of their NHL talent but there were some other teams who decided not to. Those players are now unrestricted free agents and any team can sign them starting this Sunday.
Are any of these players worth giving money to, though? Seeing how a lot of them were cut loose by some pretty bad teams, one would think that most of them are a lost cause. That is true in most cases, but with the free agent pool being as shallow as it is, some teams may have no choice but to look at some of these players if they want to acquire cheap talent. When you look at who some clubs chose not to qualify, you'll notice that there are a lot of players who are either A) still pretty young or B) were good a few seasons ago but have fallen by the wayside the last few seasons.
Some GMs usually have an eye for this kind of talent and are willing to take a chance on them if they need someone to fill up a roster spot or are short of talent. It really isn't a bad idea when you think about it because these players are going to be cheap and will probably accept whatever contract they can get in the open market. The worst case scenario is that the player is placed on waivers and the Canes are out only $500-800k It's a low-risk way to acquire talent if you need it and there are actually a few players who the Hurricanes might pursue. We will take a look at them after the jump.no comments