It turns out that the innocuous lunch meeting the other day turned out not to be innocuous. David Tanabe has signed a one year, $900k contract with the Canes.
I haven't paid a visit yet, but the folks over at the Canes boards must be going nuts. The overall sentiment during the "rumor" part of this was that they'd rather become Sabres fans than see Dave Tanabe in a Canes sweater again. I kept saying that it might not be a bad idea, that he might hit that magical turning point that defensemen seem to hit when they turn 26 years old (he just turned 26). I kept saying that we need to get some depth in case the injuries to Frantisek Kaberle and Bret Hedican turn out to be big. Tanabe might not be the best defenseman in the world, but he's decent. More importantly, he is quick, passes the puck well, and likes to join the rush. These are qualities that make him fit right into the new Canes system. In the old system, players with speed (Sami Kapanen) didn't really fit in, and especially if they were defensemen. Now, it's a requisite quality.
Tanabe has lots of NHL experience, and has earned the loathe of fans for his less than spectacular play and his occasional defensive lapses. Some go as far as to call him a "defensive liability". I won't go that far. And I'm sure that he'll be better than Canes fans remember him being, and better than Bruins fans will say he is.
At any rate, he signed for just $900k. If things don't work out, it's not that big of a deal.
According to the same article, the Canes are very close to signing Brad Isbister. Honestly, this is the first I've heard of this. Honestly, I don't know that much about Isbister, and I've only seen him play a few times. Based entirely on reading his scouting profile, he sounds a LOT like Josef Vasicek. We don't need a replacement Vasicek, but Isbister has better consistent numbers. My initial reaction is "eh", but we'll see. I'd still rather see us grab Anson Carter, but right now nothing is set.
In other NHL cities, some "real" news that I begged for yesterday. JP Dumont is signing with the Preds. Apparently, he has signed a two-year deal valued at a total of $4.5M. Sounds like a good deal to me.
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