Canes hope to keep Pitkanen, Jokinen


— The Carolina Hurricanes front office shifts its focus from future stars to proven stars this week.

Coming off Saturday's NHL draft, general manager Jim Rutherford will work on re-signing a handful of players who become unrestricted free agents Wednesday.

In recent weeks, it appeared unlikely that defenseman Joni Pitkanen or forward Jussi Jokinen would agree to terms.

But Rutherford met with the players' agents during the past week.

"I'm at the point now that I do have hope that we're going to be able to sign both players," he says.

He may complete some of the deals today.

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