The Carolina Hurricanes knew they were taking a gamble when they traded for the rights of a player who was set to become an unrestricted free agent in a few short months.
That gamble paid off, as the Hurricanes locked up goaltender Scott Darling with a four-year, $16.6 million contract just a week after making the trade with Chicago jersey.
Less than a month after their season ended, the Hurricanes are confident they’ve found an answer to the goaltending question that has loomed large.
In inking a long-term deal with the 28-year-old who started in a career-high 27 games for the Blackhawks in the 2016-17 season, the Canes are setting the table for Darling to emerge as a reliable starting goaltender in the NHL.
“When you look at the size of Scott – 6-6, 230-plus – and you look at the body of work he’s put in to this point … you get a sense of where you think he could be and what you think he can do with cheap jerseys,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. “I like the fact that he’s big and competitive as hell. We feel he’s ready for that opportunity and capable of succeeding.”
“I was super excited when the trade happened, and my goal the whole time was to sign with Carolina,” Darling said. “I’m really excited about the team that’s there, and I’ve heard nothing but great things. Once we worked out the contract part, it was a no-brainer.”
Following the trade, Darling spoke with some of the Hurricanes’ front office and then sought out the advice of a few former teammates. He could have, after all, stretched this process to July 1 to gauge interest from around the league.
“I talked to Nordy and Bicks, and they had nothing but great things to say about living there. It’s a big commitment to hopefully be somewhere for four years,” he said. “They said everything is first-class, it’s a great way of life and they love living in Carolina. That kind of put my mind and wholesale jerseys china free shipping at ease.”
Bickell, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, charged down the ice and shot a rocket off the inside of the right post behind Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz, which deflected up and into the twine on the top left side. It was his first career shootout goal and it helped the Hurricanes to a 4-3 victory.
“It does feel good when you think about it. It was special. First time I lifted the Cup was in Philly. To end it here was nice,” Bickell said. “Kind of think of all the memories and all the support and people that helped, it’s really a moment that rushes in at once. I’m just happy to have youth baseball jerseys wholesale support me, believe in me and let me do what I love.”
The sound rang through the arena and a smiling Bickell was mobbed by his cheering teammates on his way back to the bench.
The Canes, including his teammates, coaches, equipment managers, trainers and hockey staff, joined Bickell and his family for the walk.
Through the tears and smiles, Bickell embraced his teammates.
The Hurricanes sported white t-shirts with “Bickell Brave” on the front and his No. 29 on the back.
And with that, it was time to walk around PNC Arena, a warm-up for the warm-up that would be the morning skate to follow.