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Hurricanes are considering bringing back Jeff O’Neill

From Luke Decock of the News & Observer:

The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.

O’Neill sat out last season after the Maple Leafs decided not to re-sign him. Carolina traded him to Toronto in August 2005, only a few months after O’Neill’s brother Donny died in a car crash. The loss left O’Neill a mess and he seriously considered retiring then. After scoring 19 and 20 goals for the Maple Leafs, he did.

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If the Canes are deciding between O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, I see them siding with O’Neill. Not only are they familiar with him, but he has far more offensive upside, even though he sat out last season. However, I wouldn’t expect him to sign a two-way contract unless there is some kind of agreement in place so if he didn’t make the team, he’d be released.