NHL Trade: Carolina Hurricanes Acquire Scott Darling From Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Trade: Carolina Hurricanes Acquire Scott Darling From Chicago Blackhawks

The Carolina Hurricanes acquire Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired the rights to goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2017 3rd round pick.

Thoughts from the media ….

Chip Alexander: “Francis said acquiring Darling’s rights was “bit of a gamble but one we thought was worth taking.” Noted Canes have assets and used one.”

Chip Alexander: “Ron Francis says has yet to speak with Darling or agent but plans to tonight. “We’d like to get something done sooner rather than later.”

Luke DeCock: “Gave up the worst of their seven picks in the first three rounds. A worthwhile gamble.”

Pierre LeBrun: “Smart move by the ‘Canes to get a leg up on a UFA goalie more than a few teams would have wanted to talk to.”

Pierre LeBrun: “Should also mention there haven’t been any talks yet between Carolina and Darling’s agent. This was news to the Darling camp just now”

Chip Alexander: “Good move by the Hurricanes getting the rights to Scott Darling. Another Canes-Blackhawks transaction.”

Mark Lazerus: “Scott Darling was an unrestricted free agent, and there was basically zero chance of the retaining him. Deserves to be a No. 1.”

Mark Lazerus: “Scott Darling’s a great guy and should be a No. 1 somewhere. But everyone who wanted to deal Crawford to save a measly $2M or so is insane.”

Mark Lazerus: “And I’m pretty sure Scott Darling would tell you the same thing.”

Brian Hedger: “A 3rd rd pick for a guy who could be UFA in a couple months is a good get for and answers the ? about which G they’re keeping.”

Brian Hedger: “Kind of a risk for Carolina, which would be sacrificing a 3rd rd pick for nothing if Darling doesn’t sign an extension before July 1.”

Cory Lavalette: “This could backfire, too. Buffalo traded a 3rd to the Preds for negotiating rights to Vesey last year. He signed with NYR, Buffalo got nada.”

Cory Lavalette: “Like Buffalo last year, though, Hurricanes can afford to take the chance given all their picks.”

CapFriendly: “#Canes also have both Cam Ward & Eddie Lack under contract for 1 more season. Team can only protect one of the two in Expansion.”