The Carolina Hurricanes made a somewhat surprising move on Friday night when they acquired goaltender Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017. On the surface it looks like a good move for both the team and the player. Goaltending has been a major thorn in the Hurricanes' side for several years now, while Darling has probably earned the opportunity to be a No. 1 goalie in the NHL after performing extremely well as Corey Crawford 's backup in Chicago. The risk for the Hurricanes is that Darling will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and they will have to get him signed to a new contract before then to avoid potentially losing him (and the third-round pick they sent to Chicago) for nothing. Shortly after the trade on Friday, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said all of that was worth the risk because the team has accumulated so many draft picks in this year's class. "This is a bit of a gamble but one we believed was worth taking," Francis told Chip Alexander of the News & Observer . "This is why we accumulated these picks and we still have… Read full this story
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