Monday, July 02, 2018

Hurricanes Sign Mrazek

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.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
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
Sebastian Aho 0.925
Martin Necas 0.925
Andrei Svechnikov 0.925
Julien Gauthier 0.894
Brock McGinn 0.888
Janne Kuokkanen 0.843
Warren Foegele 0.747

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.

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