Well, it (kinda) happened. The Hurricanes (kinda) solved their goalie woes when they traded for the rights to Chicago Blackhawk’s goalie, Scott Darling, in exchange for a third round pick. With the trade, Carolina has exclusive bargaining rights with Darling until July 1st. If no deal is reached, the 28-year-old netminder will become an unrestricted free agent.
In 75 career games, Darling posted a .924 save-percentage (SV%). He would provide an immediate and much needed upgrade over the Canes’ current goaltenders. Carolina had an atrocious year in net, ranking 26th in team save-percentage. If signed, Darling should immediately be handed the reigns to the crease.
For comparison, check out the Corsica graph below. You can see that Darling consistently outplayed both Cam Ward and Eddie Lack throughout the duration of the season.
One would be hard pressed to think of a scenario where Darling and Carolina did not reach a deal. Ron Francis has plenty of cap space and seems to be willing to pay for quality talent. Canes fans should be optimistic, albeit cautious, that the team has finally found a solution in net. It is going to be an interesting May.