The remodeling of the Carolina Hurricanes continued on Sunday, with the addition of goaltender Petr Mrazek, signing him to a 1-year, $1.5 million deal, creating an interesting looking tandem in the crease with Scott Darling.
The 26-year old keeper had a pretty good season between Detroit and Philadelphia, helping the Flyers stay alive in the playoff race, eventually getting them in, when their other keepers were hurt. Mrazek finished the year with 14 wins and 36 points in 39 appearances between both clubs, which was good enough for 36th among all goalies.
The Hurricanes struggled in the crease last season and with the departure of Cam Ward to the Blackhawks via free agency, this opened up a spot for another veteran keeper to come in and try to take the reins. You would have to believe that Darling will still be the number one to start camp, but he should be watching over his shoulder for what could possibly happen when Mrazek gets hot.
|Jordan Staal||6.000||Dougie Hamilton||5.750||Scott Darling||4.150|
|Jeff Skinner||5.725||Jaccob Slavin||5.300||Petr Mrazek||1.500|
|Justin Williams||4.500||Justin Faulk||4.833|
|Victor Rask||4.000||Brett Pesce||4.025|
|Teuvo Teravainen||2.860||Jake Bean||0.894|
|Jordan Martinook||1.800||Haydn Fleury||0.863|
|Micheal Ferland||1.750||Roland McKeown||0.745|
The new ownership group in Carolina is really looking to put their stamp on this team and that could mean more spending from this team. The Hurricanes currently hold $16 million in cap space with the current 23-man roster that I have projected above, including their top draft pick from this summer's entry draft, Andrei Svechnikov.