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Defenseman Brett Carson may soon force Canes coach Paul Maurice to make a tougher-than-expected decision.

In four games since being called up from the Albany River Rats, Carson has been solid on the back end, Maurice noted. He averaged 22 minutes of ice time in his two NHL games. With Tim Gleason and Dennis Seidenberg returning from injury last week, Carson got 10:33 of ice time against the New York Rangers and 11:47 Tuesday against Montreal, with 4:33 on the power play.

While defenseman Casey Borer, Bryan Rodney and Tim Conboy have been reassigned to Albany, Carson remains. But defenseman Frantisek Kaberle has been activated off injured reserve and Niclas Wallin and Anton Babchuk soon should be back from injuries. What to do then with Carson?

"That's a really good question because where does the addition end?" Maurice said. "He's played well. But I still haven't seen Frankie (Kaberle) play and I saw Anton briefly before his elbow went out.

"So I don't have a base knowledge of the other guys other than watching them on TV. But you want to give everybody an opportunity to kind of reinvent themselves. That's why coaches get fired. ... It gives players a chance to kind of do it over.

"So I would like to see those guys before I say Carson's taking anybody's job. But he's played well."

Odds are Carson, 23, will be back in Albany with Borer, Conboy and Rodney. But he's making the most of his opportunity.

 

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Numbers game

Wallin has a no trade clause and he's used it before. Seidenberg needs to be resigned, he is still pretty young.
Melichar won't be offered anything. Kaberle could be traded to open up room. Then there is Babchuk who I think only has a 1 year deal. Carson may have to go back down this year but I hope he doesn't stay long. I 'd much rather see him than Babchuk and his mis-guided missile.

Sadly Carson will

Carson will be back in Albany, But Ido hope he can stay but i won't hold my breath. But still one can hope. And yes Carson & Conboy & Borer will make a positive impact & contribution in the future

Go Canes !!

LaCouture to KHL?

Chip/Luke any news on this?

LaCouture attempting to join KHL team?
Darren Dreger
12/18/2008 10:51:54 AM

Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=260074&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl

Carson, Borer, Conboy, and

Carson, Borer, Conboy, and Rodney give the Canes some options for the future. Pitkanen and Gleason are both young too. That's six D-men who could be in the league for a long time. Seidenberg and Melichar will be UFAs after this season. I wonder if either will be re-signed. Corvo, Kaberle, and Wallin will be with us through the 2009/2010 season -- unless there's a trade. I assume Glen Wesley's job is to figure this out.

Carson: Keep Him with the Hurricanes

It's really simple. Carson provides better size, better judgment, and far better potential than Kaberle. Carson has earned the right to stick with the Hurricanes. It may well be that Kaberle has to sit; but the Hurricanes' margin for error is essentially zero. Carson seems to have the ability to know what he doesn't know. Dean Smith used to call it "playing within your limitations." The Hurricanes needed to improve their defense this season; and it is obvious they did so. The Hurricanes also needed to improve their physical toughness on defense. Carson adds that dimension in a way that Kaberle does not.

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at chip.alexander@newsobserver.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.
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