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Will Babchuk Be a Cane Or Not?

BOSTON - MAY 03:  Anton Babchuk #33 of the Carolina Hurricanes takes a shot in the second period against the Boston Bruins during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 3, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Cindy BowlingContributor IJuly 9, 2009

Rutherford made a qualifying offer of 1 million and so far Babchuk and his agent have not signed it. I agree that Babchuk has done some stupid things like not going to Albany when assigned there and bolting for Russia instead. After a year there he came back and played very well for this team last year. He was tied for 5th in overall goals for a defenceman with 16. He was 26th in the plus/minus department with (+13) I think Babchuk should have signed the offer sheet. He was lucky to have been brought back from Russia. He played pretty well during the season but was a healthy scratch in many of the playoff games.

I guess it is a case of both sides being stubborn. JR holds the cards and I think 1 million is fair. He should sign the offer sheet and play like he has something to prove. If he has another solid year he will earn a raise from the Canes or another team.

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