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July 10, 2013 | 9:26am ET
Hurricanes still talking to "big name"
TheFourthPeriod.com

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford revealed on Tuesday that he is still in talks with a "big name free agent" and is trying to create space on the roster to add him.

In an interview with 99.9 The Fan, Raleigh's ESPN affiliate, Rutherford admitted that he's close to signing an "upper-tier guy" to a one-year deal.

"There's one guy that has said he will take less on a one-year contract to come to us, because he likes our team and he'd like to play here," Rutherford said. "I've been continuing to work on ways to do that.

"We're going to have to move a player out before we're able to add a player, and at this point in time I haven't been able to do it, but the player is still waiting patiently."

It has been widely speculated that future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr might be heading to Carolina, but many have contradicted those reports, including Hurricanes beat writer Chip Alexander.

Rutherford indicated that he wasn't in the market looking at too many free agents, but when this opportunity arose, he felt he needed to act on it.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey and right wing Damien Brunner are two players still looking for new homes.

Meanwhile, Rutherford admitted that he expects fifth-overall selection Elias Lindholm to make the Hurricanes' roster for when the 2013-14 season begins in October.

"I'll be surprised if he doesn't," he told The Fan. "He's a young guy, and we always have to be careful with young guys, but he did play in the men's elite league in Sweden last year. The fact that he's already experienced playing with men, I think we're going to give him every opportunity to play here. And I think he will."


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