Making A Splash In Free Agency Not Always Wise

Cindy BowlingContributor IJuly 3, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 13:  Goaltender Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders can't make the save on Marion Gaborik of the Minnesota Wild as he scores at 7:01 of the first period on December 13, 2005 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

My Canes haven't made any free-agent signings that make the big headlines, but they did bring Erik Cole and Chad LaRose back into the fold. The best part is GM Jim Rutherford didn't have to break the bank to do it.

You can always count on the Rangers to go after the biggest names, but then they have some of the biggest flops, too. They have eight out of the 25 biggest free agent busts on They very well may have done it again this year with injury-prone Marion Gaborik (pictured in the article photo).

I admit to hoping for a big name to sign with the Canes every year at this time, but Rutherford has proven time and again that he knows what he is doing. I am very glad not to be like Montreal, who is moving players in and out like a turnstile. We don't have the big budget down here in Raleigh but I think Rutherford makes the most of what he has to work with. When the dust settles, I would wager he will make a low profile deal or two.