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Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin is still looking for his first victory this season. | 10/25/2014 11:13 AM
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Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin is still looking for his first victory this season.
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Impact
Khudobin stopped 23 shots on Friday and allowed five goals against the Oilers. Khudobin is 0-3-1 with a 3.24 GAA and .891 save percentage.
Hurricanes center Riley Nash scored in the second period to tie Friday's game against the Oilers at one. | 10/25/2014 11:09 AM
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Hurricanes center Riley Nash scored in the second period to tie Friday's game against the Oilers at one.
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The goal was Nash's second of the season. Both teams scored one more time in the second period, so the game was tied, 2-2, but Edmonton scored four goals in the third period to win, 6-3.
Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg. | 10/21/2014 10:41 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty scored his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to Winnipeg.
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Impact
If owners need a goal-scoring option, Tlusty may be on waivers. Now would be a good time to make a move for him.
Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin played well in a shootout loss to the Rangers. | 10/16/2014 10:02 PM
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Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin played well in a shootout loss to the Rangers.
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Impact
He gave up only one goal on 34 shots, and is making a case for more playing time. Him and Cam Ward are essentially playing every other game, however starts like this one could help Khudobin separate himself.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and won't play Thursday. | 10/16/2014 3:11 PM
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Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and won't play Thursday.
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Impact
Sekera tripped over his own goalie's stick, trying to prevent Buffalo's first score. Consider him day-to-day. He has two assists in three games after scoring 44 points last season, the best of his career.
Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (broken right fibula) has a 3-4 month timetable for his return. | 10/16/2014 2:51 PM
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Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (broken right fibula) has a 3-4 month timetable for his return.
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Impact
He's no Eric Staal, but fantasy owners will miss his 40-50 points a season.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will miss Thursday's game, but should be ready for next Tuesday. | 10/16/2014 2:48 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will miss Thursday's game, but should be ready for next Tuesday.
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Impact
Coach Bill Peters said Skinner is "real close" to returning. He scored 33 goals and added 21 assists in 71 games last season.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner skated at practice on Wednesday according to the Raleigh News & Observer. | 10/15/2014 2:20 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner skated at practice on Wednesday according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
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Impact
Coach Bill Peters said Skinner is "real close" to returning. He could be ready as early as Thursday against the Rangers.
Hurricanes left winger Chris Terry scored a goal and added an assist as Carolina lost to Buffalo in a shootout, 4-3. | 10/14/2014 10:53 PM
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Hurricanes left winger Chris Terry scored a goal and added an assist as Carolina lost to Buffalo in a shootout, 4-3.
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Impact
Terry scored his second goal of the season on a wrist shot in the third period. That was his only shot on net, and he was plus-two. Terry also scored Carolina's only shooutout goal in eight rounds as Buffalo finally ended the tie on Zemgus Girgensons' score.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and will not return according to the News Observer. | 10/14/2014 8:57 PM
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Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera suffered an upper body injury in Tuesday's game against the Sabres and will not return according to the News Observer.
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Impact
Sekera tripped over his own goalie's stick, trying to prevent Buffalo's first score. Consider him day-to-day.
Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin posted his first two points of the season assisting on two of Jiri Tlusty's three goals. | 10/11/2014 10:41 PM
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Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin posted his first two points of the season assisting on two of Jiri Tlusty's three goals.
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Impact
Semin used to be a 75-80 point a season guy in Washington and posted 44 points in 44 games back in 2012 for Carolina so we know he can still do it. The real question is can he stay healthy.
Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty was a busy guy Saturday night taking five shots and scoring on three of them. | 10/11/2014 10:38 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty was a busy guy Saturday night taking five shots and scoring on three of them.
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Impact
Tlusty has been a solid player the last few seasons, but his 30-38 point totals haven't excited fantasy owners. Let's see if he can continue to play at this level going forward.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed five goals on 26 shots on opening night against the Islanders. | 10/10/2014 9:55 PM
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Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward allowed five goals on 26 shots on opening night against the Islanders.
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Impact
Ward is battling Anton Khudobin for minutes between the pipes and this performance does not bode well for Ward staying in front of Khudobin on the depth chart. The Hurricanes and Islanders play again on Long Island Saturday, so expect Khudobin to start.
Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored a garbage-time goal on opening night against the Islanders. | 10/10/2014 9:46 PM
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Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored a garbage-time goal on opening night against the Islanders.
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Impact
Carolina trailed New York at one point, 5-1, but Chris Terry and Staal scored with under six minutes to go in the third period to cut the deficit in half. The Hurricanes would get no closer. Staal had the goal, three shots on net and was minus-one.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera had two assists on opening night against the Islanders. | 10/10/2014 9:41 PM
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Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera had two assists on opening night against the Islanders.
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Impact
Sekera had two shots on goal as well. He had the second helper on Nathan Gerbe's power play goal to get Carolina on the board and the primary assist on Chris Terry's slap shot goal at the 14:20 mark of the third period. New York won, however, 5-3.
Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will start the team's opening game on Friday. | 10/09/2014 6:01 PM
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Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward will start the team's opening game on Friday.
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Impact
Carolina will take on the New York Islanders in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. Expect Anton Khudobin to start on Saturday.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will likely miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a concussion, according to the team's site. | 10/07/2014 11:43 AM
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Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will likely miss the start of the season after being diagnosed with a concussion, according to the team's site.
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Impact
Skinner has a history in this area, so the team will likely be cautious. He had a career-high 33 goals last year as a second liner.
19-year-old Elias Lindholm has moved to center to fill the void left by the injured Jordan Staal. | 09/25/2014 11:11 AM
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19-year-old Elias Lindholm has moved to center to fill the void left by the injured Jordan Staal.
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New coach Bill Peters was already moving his forwards around, trying out several different combinations and the injury to Staal will only further cause Peters to move players into different positions. He tested Lindholm out on a line with Jeff Skinner and Jiri Tlusty. That would be a good line for Lindholm, but even if he doesn't play with those guys, he shoud see an increase of production in his second year.
Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right left during Tuesday's preseason game against Buffalo according to NHL.com. | 09/25/2014 11:05 AM
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Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis announced that center Jordan Staal suffered a broken bone in the lower part of his right left during Tuesday's preseason game against Buffalo according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Staal was traveling back to Raleigh to undergo further tests. We do not yet know the extent of the injury. Regardless, this is terrible news.
Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may be juggling his offensive lines, but he has the perfect top defensive line in Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera. | 09/23/2014 8:32 PM
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Hurricanes coach Bill Peters may be juggling his offensive lines, but he has the perfect top defensive line in Justin Faulk and Andrej Sekera.
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Impact
Faulk and Sekera compliment each other extremely well both offensively and defensively. Sekera will likely lead the duo in goals and points, but Faulk should be on your fantasy radar as well. We project him to get around 35 points.
Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was a huge bright spot for Carolina last season. | 09/23/2014 8:28 PM
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Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera was a huge bright spot for Carolina last season.
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Impact
In his first season in Carolina, Sekera nearly scored more goals than he had in his previous four seasons in Buffalo. He had 11 goals, 44 points and managed a plus-4 on a team that really struggled on defense. Paired with Justin Faulk once again, Sekera can prove that those numbers were no fluke.
Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty may not play on the top line this season. | 09/23/2014 8:22 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty may not play on the top line this season.
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Impact
Everything is up in the air in Carolina due to the new head coach in Bill Peters. Tlusty has been a solid fantasy player the last few seasons, but he is heavily reliant on playing with Eric Staal and Alexander Semin. If that does not happen, he could be moved to the third line, where fantasy hockey players go to die.
It is hard to know what to expect from Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin this season. | 09/23/2014 8:19 PM
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It is hard to know what to expect from Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin this season.
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Impact
Semin scored 44 points in the same number of games in his first season with Carolina, but scored just 42 points in 65 games last season. There is a good chance that a concussion in December of 2013 severely slowed his production. New head coach Bill Peters has jumbled the lines in preseason, so there is no guarantee that Semin again plays on the top line. If he is on the top line, Semin is a solid mid-round pick otherwise, there is some risk involved.
Hurricanes new coach Bill Peters is considering playing the Staal brothers on the same line according to the Raleigh News & Observer. | 09/23/2014 8:11 PM
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Hurricanes new coach Bill Peters is considering playing the Staal brothers on the same line according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
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Impact
Peters also had Eric Staal playing alongside Jeff Skinner and second-year player Elias Lindholm, so obviously Peters is thinking of every possible combination. If the Staal brothers do play together, that will provide a huge boost for Jordan's fantasy value. In all likelihood, Eric will play with Skinner or his mates from last season, Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin.
The Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to make major strides in his second season in the league. | 09/23/2014 8:06 PM
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The Hurricanes are looking for Elias Lindholm to make major strides in his second season in the league.
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Impact
The 19-year-old scored nine goals and 12 assists as a rookie last season. Captain Eric Staal said he thinks Lindholm improved as the season went along. With new head coach Bill Peters, it is possible Lindholm sees some time on the top line with Staal. That would make him a tremendous steal late in drafts.
Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will threaten to score 30 goals again this season. | 09/23/2014 8:01 PM
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Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner will threaten to score 30 goals again this season.
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Impact
Skinner had a career-high 33 goals last year as a second liner. At the start of training camp, he was playing alongside top centerman Eric Staal. If he stays on the top line, the expectations for Skinner rise dramatically.
Hurricanes center Eric Staal started training camp at center in between wingers Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm according to the Raleigh News & Observer. | 09/23/2014 7:57 PM
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Hurricanes center Eric Staal started training camp at center in between wingers Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
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Impact
Carolina coach Bill Peters said do not read into the early season combinations, but fantasy owners like what they see so far. Skinner could again lead Carolina in goals and Lindholm has tremendous potential, being the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Expect Staal to lead the team with around 65 points.
Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins. | 08/21/2014 1:36 PM
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Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins.
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"He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told," Francis said. A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season surgery to his wrist, which had been nagging him since the beginning of last year. Francis expects that to be a thing of the past.
Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com. | 07/30/2014 5:41 PM
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Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
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Impact
GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com. | 07/30/2014 5:41 PM
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Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
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Impact
GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Charlotte signs Alex Aleardi | 07/16/2014 11:07 PM
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Alex Aleardi has inked a contract with the AHL Charlotte Checkers.
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Impact
With that, Aleardi is now part of the Carolina Hurricanes' organization, but we don't expect him to play in the NHL next season. He had seven goals and 16 points in 41 AHL games in 2013-14.
Kyle Hagel signs with Charlotte | 07/16/2014 11:06 PM
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The AHL Charlotte Checkers have signed Kyle Hagel.
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Impact
The Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes' AHL affiliate. Hagel had five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 38 games last season with the Portland Pirates.
Hurricanes hire goalie coach David Marcoux | 07/15/2014 8:06 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have hired David Marcoux as their new goalie coach.
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Impact
During Marcoux's six years as the Flames' goaltending coach, he oversaw the rise of Miikka Kiprusoff from a netminder that was struggling to establish himself to a Vezina Trophy winner. Marcoux also has some experience working with Cam Ward as the Flames and Carolina Hurricanes shared an AHL affiliate during the 2004-05 lockout.
Carolina signs Justin Shugg to two-way deal | 07/14/2014 3:08 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked Justin Shugg to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Shugg can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level. He had 16 goals and 38 points in 75 AHL games in 2013-14.
Canes GM expects good season from Jiri Tlusty | 07/12/2014 9:32 AM
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Carolina general manager Ron Francis said he was pleased the Hurricanes were able to sign forward Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, $2.95 million contract on July 1.
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Impact
Tlusty was a restricted free agent. "It was a good deal for both sides and it's good to have Jiri back in the fold," Francis said. "He had a really tough start to the season last year but is healthy. It should be an incentive for him to have a good season as he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. He should be ready to rock and roll. He'll be a valuable piece for us." Tlusty had only 16 goals and 14 assists in 68 games last season.
Brett Bellemore rejects 1st offer from Canes | 07/12/2014 9:27 AM
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Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said Carolina continues to talk to Brett Bellemore, even though the defenseman turned down an initial offer from him.
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Impact
Bellemore, 26, played 64 games for Carolina last season and had eight points. He also blocked 169 shots and registered 98 hits and 45 penalty minutes.
Alexander Semin progressing as expected: GM | 07/12/2014 9:21 AM
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Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis says veteran right winger Alexander Semin is "progressing as expected" and is on schedule to be ready for the start of training camp.
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Impact
Semin underwent wrist surgery after the past season. He scored 22 goals and compiled 42 points in 65 games in 2013-14.
Chad LaRose might attempt an NHL comeback | 07/11/2014 2:39 PM
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Chad LaRose might attempt to come back to the NHL next season.
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Impact
LaRose hasn't played professionally since the 2013 shortened campaign, but he is interested in speaking to Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. Francis suggested that he could offer LaRose a tryout agreement that would allow him to prove himself in training camp.
Zach Boychuk ready to take the next step? | 07/06/2014 11:33 PM
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Zach Boychuk led the AHL with 36 goals last season as a member of the Charlotte Checkers.
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Impact
He also tallied 74 points, second-best in the AHL. While the 24-year-old has been a productive AHL player, he has not yet been able to replicate that success at the NHL level as he has just nine goals and 24 points in 96 career games (one and four in 11 games last year). He recently signed a one-year, two-way deal with Carolina and will be given a chance to make the Hurricanes roster this season. It'll be interesting to see if he can take the next step.
Jay McClement will likely serve on 4th line | 07/04/2014 6:45 PM
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Jay McClement is projected to serve as the Hurricanes' fourth-line center in 2014-15.
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Impact
McClement will also help kill penalties after inking a one-year, $1 million contract. "I take pride in penalty killing," said McClement, an alternate captain for the Leafs. "That's been a big part of my role wherever I have been. Special teams can win games, and penalty killing can be the difference in winning and losing games." He obviously has no fantasy value in standard leagues though.
Hurricanes sign Holmstrom to a two-way deal | 07/04/2014 5:42 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have inked Ben Holmstrom to a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
Holmstrom will make at least $200,000, but that number will balloon to $600,000 if he spends the entire campaign in the NHL. He had 32 points and 146 penalty minutes in 75 games with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms in 2013-14. He also served as the Phantoms' captain.
Tim Gleason has something to prove | 07/04/2014 8:47 AM
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Tim Gleason is looking to bounce back after a rough campaign with Toronto.
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Impact
Tim Gleason was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs after they acquired him from Carolina on Jan. 1. He had a minus-14 rating in 39 games with the squad. "I know some people probably look at me and say I'm over the hill or almost there, but I'm 31," Gleason said. "I want to prove to everybody that I can still do it and do it for a long time. I know I've got it in me." Gleason returned to the Hurricanes on a one-year, $1.2 million contract.
Michal Jordan gets 1-year deal from Canes | 07/03/2014 4:46 PM
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Michal Jordan received a one-year, two-way contract from the Hurricanes.
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Impact
He will earn $550,000 in the NHL or $200,000 at the AHL level. He will also get a guarantee of $225,000. Jordan didn't play a game with Carolina last season, but he had 25 points from the back end in 70 matches for the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.
Hurricanes re-sign Jared Staal | 07/03/2014 4:42 PM
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Jared Staal has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina.
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Impact
He will make $550,000 on the NHL level and $65,000 in the AHL. Staal played in the first two games of his NHL career last season. He spent most the season in the minors, where he notched seven points in 50 contests with Charlotte.
Zach Boychuk re-ups with Hurricanes | 07/03/2014 10:25 AM
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Zach Boychuk has re-upped with Carolina on a one-year, two-way contract.
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Impact
He will receive $600,000 at the NHL level or $200,000 in the AHL. Boychuk netted 36 goals and 74 points in 69 games for the Charlotte Checkers last year. However, he chipped in just one goal and three assists in 11 contests with the Hurricanes.
Tim Gleason returns to the Hurricanes | 07/03/2014 10:10 AM
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Tim Gleason is back with the Carolina Hurricanes after inking a one-year deal with the team on Thursday.
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Impact
He will earn $1.2 million, along with the $833,333 he will receive from his buyout from Toronto. Gleason posted six points, 156 hits, 65 penalty minutes and a minus-21 rating in 56 games with the Canes and Leafs last season.
Hurricanes resign Greg Nemisz for one year | 07/02/2014 7:33 PM
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Greg Nemisz signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Wednesday evening that could pay him $600,000 if he hangs around in the NHL next season.
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Impact
The 24 year old forward scored eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 46 AHL games last season. The 25th overall pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has played 15 NHL games in his career, won two Memorial Cups with the Windsor Spitfires and played for Team Canada in the World Juniors. He will earn $100,000 if he remains in the AHL.
Hurricanes ink veteran center Jay McClement | 07/02/2014 7:22 PM
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Jay McClement signed a one year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday evening worth $1 million.
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Impact
"Jay is a veteran centerman who is proficient in the faceoff circle," said Canes' GM Ron Francis. "He'll also provide elements of consistency and leadership for our club." The 31 year old veteran also spent an abundance of time killing penalties for Toronto last season, and is a big, blue-collar forward who can help Carolina improve their play in their own zone.
Hurricanes hire Don Waddell as new president | 07/02/2014 8:43 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Don Waddell to serve as the Hurricanes' new team president.
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Impact
Waddell is filling the vacancy left by Jim Rutherford. Waddell previously served as the Atlanta Thrashers' general manager and president. He'll work with Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. on the business side of things.
Drew MacIntyre signs with the Hurricanes | 07/01/2014 6:20 PM
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Drew MacIntyre has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Impact
MacIntyre had a 2.53 GAA and .917 save percentage in 48 AHL contests in 2013-14. The 31-year-old will start the season in the minors, but he's a legitimate option to be called up in the event of an injury.
Tlusty re-signs with Canes for one season | 07/01/2014 2:42 PM
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Jiri Tlusty has re-signed with the Hurricanes for one season and $2.95 million.
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Impact
He has had an inconsistent tenure with the Canes thus far, but he can be a useful fantasy player in spurts when he plays in Carolina 's top six. Tlusty should not be counted on to contribute more than 45-50 points.
Malone, Hurricanes agree to two-year deal | 07/01/2014 12:50 PM
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Carolina and Brad Malone have agreed to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.
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Impact
Malone scored three goals and registered two assists in 32 games in 2013-14. He doesn't have any offensive upside, so we don't think he's worth keeping on your radar if you play in standard leagues.
Hurricanes won't be aggressive in UFA market | 07/01/2014 8:39 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have had an uneventful offseason so far and that trend might continue.
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Impact
Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will be looking for free agents to fill some of the holes they have once the UFA market opens at noon on Tuesday, but he doesn't plan on being particularly aggressive. That might lead to him staying relatively quiet on July 1 and seeing what free agents are left in a position where they'll be willing to settle for less.
Canes cut loose Andrei Loktionov, Bowman | 06/30/2014 5:43 PM
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Andrei Loktionov won't get a qualifying offer from the Hurricanes.
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Impact
Along with Loktionov, Drayson Bowman, Aaron Palushaj, Kellan Tochkin and defenseman Tommi Kivisto will be allowed to test unrestricted free agency as well.
Hurricanes might get more whistles at home | 06/29/2014 3:10 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes might enjoy an underrated home-ice advantage.
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Impact
They received 41 more power-play opportunities than times shorthanded during the 2013-14 season and generally get a lot of whistles their way. If new head coach Bill Peters can get more out of the man advantage, the Hurricanes could see a nice boost overall.
Hurricanes draft Glen Wesley's son, Josh | 06/28/2014 3:47 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes picked Josh Wesley in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
The son of former Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley spent the 2013-14 campaign with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. He's regarded as a defensive-minded defender.
Brett Bellemore will be a UFA on July 1 | 06/28/2014 2:30 PM
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Brett Bellemore will test unrestricted free agency on July 1.
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Impact
He appeared in 64 games with Carolina in 2013-14, where he produced eight points and 45 penalty minutes. Bellmore also amassed 169 blocks and 98 hits, while seeing 17:28 of ice time per match.
Canes won't bring back Dvorak and Komisarek | 06/28/2014 2:27 PM
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Radek Dvorak won't be re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Impact
In 60 games last season, he notched four goals and nine points. Dvorak averaged just 10:38 of ice time per contest. Carolina also announced that defenseman Mike Komisarek won't be retained.
Hurricanes take Alex Nedeljkovic at No. 37 | 06/28/2014 11:02 AM
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Carolina picked goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic with the 37th overall choice in the 2014 NHL draft.
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Impact
He was the recipient of the OHL's Goaltender of the Year honor in 2013-14. A workhorse netminder, he appeared in 61 of Plymouth's 68 games and ranked second in the league with a .925 save percentage. He also led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship. NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen said: "He's one of the quickest goalies available in the upcoming draft. Alex has excellent lateral quickness and moves effortlessly throughout his crease with quickness and control. He competes and battles very hard and gives his team a chance to win every night." He has future starter potential.
Hurricanes not planning to rush Haydn Fleury | 06/28/2014 9:03 AM
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Management of the Carolina Hurricanes are preparing Haydn Fleury, their first-round pick at the NHL draft Friday, to St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, a veteran all-star.
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Impact
But general manager Ron Francis said the Canes won't rush Fleury. They'll bring him in for the prospects conditioning camp in July, then have him compete in the Traverse City (Mich.) rookie tournament, and he could be invited to the Canes' preseason training camp in the fall. Another option would be returning Fleury, who will be 18 in July, to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League for another year of junior hockey. Fleury was named the top defenseman in the 2014 World Under-18 Championship in Finland, a tournament Francis attended. That wasn't the tipping point on the draft decision, Francis said, but it was a factor in the choice.
Hurricanes pick Haydn Fleury with 7th pick | 06/27/2014 7:57 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have picked defenseman Haydn Fleury with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Impact
Forward Brenden Morrow was his babysitter as a three-year-old, and now Fleury will try to follow his lead. Fleury is a rangy, but strong defenseman who is a good skater with excellent defensive instincts. He is physical, especially along the walls, but he is also very disciplined. His skating ability helps as he's not forced to take penalties to prevent scoring chances. Fleury's angle work against opposing forwards has room to improve, and he could stand be more aggressive in taking the body. Though he led Red Deer defenseman with 46 points, he is not considered an impact player offensively. He picks his spots in joining the rush, and he needs to work on getting shots through and making the repeated crisp first pass out of the zone. Experience is all he needs to become a shutdown defenseman, and eventually a second-pair power-play contributor. He needs time to develop, but he gives the Hurricanes needed upside on the back end.
Ron Francis entering first draft as GM | 06/27/2014 9:15 AM
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Ron Francis is getting ready for his first NHL entry draft as the Carolina Hurricanes' general manager.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Francis spent years preparing for this day under his former boss, Jim Rutherford. "While it's different, a lot of the things are the same for me," Francis said. "It was always a busy, active time, and I'll again be talking to a lot of people. The difference is I'm the point person, not the support person." The Hurricanes have the seventh pick overall and Francis' first selection might end up being forward Nick Ritchie.
Carolina inks Nathan Gerbe to 2-year contract | 06/24/2014 6:47 PM
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Nathan Gerbe has signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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After being bought out by the Buffalo Sabres, Gerbe responded by matching the most productive season of his career in 2013-14. He notched 16 goals and 31 points in 81 games. Gerbe also amassed a personal best 221 shots.
Hurricanes sign Ron Hainsey to 3-year deal | 06/24/2014 4:54 PM
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Ron Hainsey has inked a three-year deal with Carolina worth $8.5 million.
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He will make $3 million for the next two seasons and $2.5 million in 2016-17. Hainsey would've been eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1. He dressed in all 82 games last campaign, while compiling 15 points, 124 blocked shots and a minus-9 rating. He also averaged 21:26 per contest.
Canes sign Chris Terry to 2-way deal | 06/24/2014 2:39 PM
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Chris Terry has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina.
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He will earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $300,000 in the AHL. Terry spent most of the season in the minors, where he posted 28 goals and 69 points in 70 games. In 10 outings with the Hurricanes, he recorded two assists.
Canes add Steve Smith to coaching staff | 06/24/2014 10:16 AM
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Steve Smith has hired by Carolina as an assistant coach.
Raleigh News & Observer

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He will join new head coach Bill Peters and assistant Rod Brind'Amour after spending the last four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. "Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said in a statement.
Bill Peters has three priorities for Canes | 06/22/2014 7:00 AM
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New head coach Bill Peters has three areas in which he wants the Carolina Hurricanes to improve upon.
Raleigh News & Observer

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There are plenty more but Peters wants to improve the Hurricanes power play which was third worst in the NHL in efficiency at 14.6 percent, their record at home which was a mediocre 18-17-6 and the way they start games. "Those are three things we flat-out have to fix to be successful," Peters said. "We have to be a 60-minute team that has a good power play (and) and we have to be a harder team to play against here in Raleigh."
Francis: 'Canes don't need 'major overhaul' | 06/21/2014 9:49 PM
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Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis doesn't think the team needs to be dramatically changed this offseason.
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Carolina finished the season with a 36-35-11 record, and just hired Bill Peters as its new coach. "I don't foresee a major makeover," Francis said. "We've got some pretty good pieces in place. I know it's frustrating we haven't made the playoffs in five years. We finished just outside (the playoffs) by 10 points, which is one win a month (more) over the course of (the past) season. ... We may do some things but we feel we have a pretty good group here that can compete and win, so there's no real need at this point to make a major overhaul, in my eyes."
Hurricanes hire Ricky Olczyk as assistant GM | 06/20/2014 4:04 PM
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Ricky Olczyk has joined the Carolina Hurricanes to serve as an assistant general manager.
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Olczyk previously served as an assistant general manager with Edmonton and before that he was the Oilers' director of hockey administration and legal affairs. "Ricky brings a wealth of experience to the Hurricanes," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "His legal expertise with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and other areas of hockey operations will be a great asset to our management team."
Hurricanes hire Bill Peters as new head coach | 06/19/2014 5:20 PM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Bill Peters as their new head coach.
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He has served as an assistant for the Detroit Red Wings for the past three seasons, where he mostly worked with the team's defensemen and penalty kill. Peters will be formerly introduced to the media on Friday. The Hurricanes fired Kirk Muller on May 5. Carolina has failed to make the playoffs for five straight years, with three of those seasons coming under Muller.
Hurricanes will play in seven preseason games | 06/18/2014 8:32 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have scheduled seven preseason games for 2013-14.
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That includes five road games against Buffalo, the New York Islanders, St. Louis, Columbus, and Washington. The Hurricanes will also host the Sabres and Blue Jackets.
Report: Cam Ward willing to waive his NTC? | 06/16/2014 2:30 PM
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Cam Ward has a full no-trade clause, but TSN's Bob McKenzie says it's believed that he would waive it under the right circumstances.
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Ward's name came up in trade rumors over the course of the season, but injuries and poor play may have scared away possible suitors. He still appears to be available, as the Hurricanes look set to hand their crease over to Anton Khudobin.
Still no head coach for the Hurricanes | 06/08/2014 6:57 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes still do not have a head coach after the firing of Krik Muller by new General Manager Ron Francis.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Francis stated that between six and 10 people have been interviewed for the job but with the Stanley Cup up for grabs between New York and Los Angeles and a couple of viable candidates working as assistants in Ulf Samuelsson and John Stevens, do not expect a decision before the end of the Final. "I think we've had some interviews with people we feel very comfortable with," Francis said. "We still want to interview some more people. There are so many chairs but there are more than enough candidates to fill those chairs, so we feel comfortable letting the process run through and be thorough and get to everybody we want to get to."
Erik Karlsson comes with favorable cap hit | 06/01/2014 10:00 AM
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Erik Karlsson will have a favorable cap hit if he makes it to the NHL level during his entry-level contract.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Karlsson agreed to terms with the Hurricanes on Tuesday. He's set to earn $550,000 if he plays in the NHL in 2014-15, $600,000 the following campaign, and $650,000 in the last season of the deal. While in the AHL though, he'll earn $60,000 annually in 2014-15, and $65,000 annually in each of the following two campaigns. He's also getting a $185,000 signing bonus. Karlsson is projected to start next season in the minors after getting six points in 41 Swedish league games in 2013-14.
OHL Plymouth Whalers might relocate | 05/30/2014 5:51 PM
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Carolina Hurricanes and Plymouth Whalers owner Peter Karmanos is threatening to relocate the latter.
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Karmanos was citing lackluster attendance as the reason he might move the OHL Whalers. "The players want to play in a building that's full," Karmanos said. "When you put a quality team on the ice and you win every year and you're in the playoffs 23 straight years, sooner or later people have to start coming. (But) sooner or later, we have to do something." There's speculation that Hamilton and Flint would be the frontrunners if Karmanos decides to move the team.
Erik Karlsson agrees to entry-level deal | 05/27/2014 4:27 PM
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Erik Karlsson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Karlsson had five goals and six points in 41 Swedish league games in 2013-14. Carolina took him in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He also had three assists in seven games with the silver medal-winning Swedish squad in the 2014 World Junior Championship. "Erik played well at the World Juniors, and has shown improvement each year since he was drafted," said Hurricaness GM Ron Francis. "He has good speed and adds to our team's organizational depth at forward."
Hurricanes hope to have new coach by draft | 05/25/2014 6:23 AM
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Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis hopes to hire a head coach before the NHL Entry Draft.
Raleigh News & Observer

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One of Francis' first acts as general manager was to fire former bench boss Kirk Muller. Francis didn't offer much insight into who is in the running for the coaching gig or what he wants from his next bench boss, beyond the obvious like an ability to hold players accountable and get his message across. However, Francis did suggest that he'd "ideally" like a coach that was able to identify lines he could stick with as oppose to someone who favors making frequent tweaks. "Sometimes that's not the way it works out, and it may be keeping two together and adding a third based on injuries or matchups," Francis said. "But you need that continuity on the ice."
Andrei Loktionov to have shoulder surgery | 05/23/2014 12:15 PM
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Andrei Loktionov will have shoulder surgery for an injury sustained during the World Championship.
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It's not clear how long Loktionov will be sidelined for, but given that he's a restricted free agent, this could prove to be a costly injury for him. He had seven goals and 22 points in 68 games in 2013-14.
Alexander Semin should be ready for 14-15 | 05/23/2014 12:09 PM
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Alexander Semin (wrist) should be fine for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
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Semin has been rehabbing after undergoing wrist surgery. He had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 contests in 2013-14.
Andrei Loktionov to see shoulder specialist | 05/10/2014 3:38 PM
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Andrei Loktionov (shoulder) will visit with a specialist in Switzerland shortly.
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There's no prognosis on his shoulder injury, but according to Sport-Express' Slava Malamud "it's bad." Loktionov was injured while playing for Russia at the World Hockey Championship. Early projections believe he could be sidelined for several weeks, but all we know right now is that he is out for the rest of the tournament.
Andrei Loktionov suffers injury during Worlds | 05/09/2014 10:50 AM
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Andrei Loktionov sustained a possible shoulder injury during the World Championship.
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Loktionov was taken to the hospital for evaluation. He's scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Kirk Muller wasn't shocked by firing | 05/07/2014 9:44 AM
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Kirk Muller wasn't shocked when the Carolina Hurricanes relieved him from his duties as head coach.
Raleigh News & Observer

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"It wasn't like we lost the night before and came in the next day and boom, you're gone," said Muller. "There was a three-week period of weighing what way it's going to go. I was prepared for it." He spent parts of three seasons as the Hurricanes' head coach and the team wasn't able to make the playoffs over that span. Muller feels he's learnt a lot from his experiences with the Hurricanes, but new GM Ron Francis wanted a fresh start.
Rod Brind'Amour will remain with Hurricanes | 05/06/2014 10:01 AM
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Carolina Hurricanes assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour survived the team's coaching shakeup.
Raleigh News & Observer

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New Hurricanes GM Ron Francis fired head coach Kirk Muller as well as assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis while goaltending coach Greg Stefan will now serve as a pro scout instead. Brind'Amour and Francis are former teammates and Brind'Amour was the one who replaced Francis as team captain when the Hurricanes traded Francis in 2004. Brind'Amour might be a candidate for the head coaching gig, but he hasn't made his intentions known yet.
Hurricanes fire head coach Kirk Muller | 05/05/2014 11:41 AM
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Carolina has fired head coach Kirk Muller.
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The Hurricanes also let go of assistant coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis. "We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons," said new GM and executive vice president Ron Francis in a statement on Monday. "Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time." He posted a record of 80-80-27 during his time with Carolina.
Francis has 3 key decisions to make soon | 05/04/2014 9:52 AM
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New Carolina GM Ron Francis will have to make decisions on three players in the very near future.
Raleigh News & Observer

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He will have to decide if he wishes to re-sign unrestricted free agents Manny Malhotra and Ron Hainsey and whether he will make a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Jiri Tlutsy. Welcome to the world of general managing, Ron.
Malhotra, Jagr, Moore nominated for Masterton | 04/30/2014 12:03 PM
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Manny Malhotra is one of the three finalist for the Masterton Trophy.
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Jaromir Jagr and Dominic Moore are the other nominees. Malhotra had to fight his way back into the NHL after suffering a serious eye injury. He inked an AHL tryout contract this season and eventually secured a spot on the Carolina Hurricanes' roster. He had 13 points and a 59.5 faceoff winning percentage in 69 games.
Vellucci, Tatum to aide Canes GM Ron Francis | 04/30/2014 9:37 AM
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With Ron Francis now serving as the Hurricanes' general manager, Mike Vellucci has been added to the front office while Brian Tatum has been promoted.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Tatum will now serve as the team's assistant general manager. He will have a variety of tasks like dealing with CBA issues and scheduling. Vellucci will be an assistant general manager as well and also hold the title of director of hockey operations. Vellucci is a former player that participated in two NHL games before moving onto coaching. He was the head coach and GM of the OHL Plymouth Whalers for 14 seasons.
Karmanos defends coach, blames injuries | 04/29/2014 9:45 AM
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Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. suggested that injuries were to blame for Carolina's shortcomings more than coach Kirk Muller.
Raleigh News & Observer

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The Hurricanes lost their top two goaltenders for significant chunks of the season, although third string goalie Justin Peters was solid, so it wasn't as big a setback as one might initially think. All the same, Karmanos said "(Muller) has come a long way as a coach," but added that he won't be the one deciding who the Hurricanes coach will be next season.
Justin Peters gets added to Team Canada | 04/28/2014 5:38 PM
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Justin Peters will represent Canada at the World Championships in May.
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Toronto's James Reimer and Edmonton's Ben Scrivens are the other netminders on the roster. Peters posted a 7-9-4 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average in 21 appearances with the Hurricanes this year.
Jim Rutherford expected to retire on Monday | 04/28/2014 7:07 AM
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GM Jim Rutherford is expected to leave his post as General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.
Raleigh News & Observer

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A press conference will take place on Monday and it's also expected that Ron Francis will take over as the new General Manager. Rutherford guided the Hurricanes for 20 seasons as he started in Hartford when the franchise was known as the Whalers. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 but lately it has been a lot of lean years in Carolina as they have missed the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons.
Justin Faulk needed to take on bigger role | 04/21/2014 6:42 AM
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Look for Justin Faulk to take on a bigger role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Faulk just turned 22 and was a valued member of the American Olympic squad this past season, so he should be expected to provide leadership in 2014-15 for the Hurricanes. "I think I've been put into a position where I need to step up and be more of a leader, whether it's more vocal or coming to the rink ready to work hard every day and show it that way," Faulk said. He had the best offensive season of his young career with five goals and 32 points in 76 games and look for that to increase next season if he remains healthy.
Jeff Skinner attains veteran status | 04/20/2014 6:44 AM
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Despite being only 21 years of age, Jeff Skinner is expected to be a veteran presence next season.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Skinner has already played four seasons in the NHL and notched his second 30-plus goal season in 2013-14 as he found the back of the net 33 times to lead the Hurricanes. "I don't think it will be new or outside of my nature," Skinner said. "Everybody deals with that kind of thing in their own sort of way. I was a leader in junior (hockey) and I feel more comfortable every year I'm here. It's not something that you can set out and say you're going to do this. It's a little more abstract than that. For me, personally, it's something you grow into and something you earn as you go."
Kirk Muller's days may be numbered with Canes | 04/19/2014 10:45 AM
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Kirk Muller's days as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes may be numbered.
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Muller says he's waiting for word from Hurricanes management. Muller is 80-80-27 in three years with the Hurricanes. They've missed the playoffs in seven of the eight years since they won the Cup in 2006.
Cam Ward reflects on poor campaign | 04/16/2014 9:20 AM
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Cam Ward had a terrible 2013-14 campaign.
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Ward was plagued by injuries and ended up with a 3.06 GAA and .898 save percentage in 30 games. "I struggled to get comfortable all season long," Ward said. "Obviously I got the injury, and coming back from that I felt like I was playing catchup. I wasn't able to get consecutive games to try and get my game going. Anton had a great season. I was never able to get into a rhythm." At this point, it wouldn't be surprising if Carolina's preference is to go into 2014-15 with Anton Khudobin as the team's starter. They might trade Ward if there's a team out there that will take his $6.3 million cap hit through 2015-16.
Eric Staal doesn't want to be traded | 04/16/2014 9:15 AM
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Eric Staal badly wants to make the playoffs, but he doesn't want to be traded.
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"I've been here a long time. I love it here," he said. "I've had success here, and I know and believe that we can have it again and I can be a part of that. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get better and get back there." That being said, there's an off chance the Hurricanes would trade him anyways in an attempt to pull off a big shakeup. Staal had an off year by his standards with 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games.
Manny Malhotra wants to stay with Carolina | 04/15/2014 12:25 PM
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Manny Malhotra would like to re-sign with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Carolina gave Malhotra a chance to extend his career after the Vancouver Canucks shut him down due to an eye injury. He had 13 points and a 59.5% success rate on the draw in 69 games this season.
Alexander Semin will undergo wrist surgery | 04/14/2014 4:45 PM
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Alexander Semin will have wrist surgery now that the season is over, according to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford.
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He returned to the lineup on Thursday from a two-game absence because of an illness, but didn't play in the team's last two matches of the regular season. He will use the off-season to recover from the procedure. Semin produced 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games.
Mike Komisarek gets two assists Sunday | 04/14/2014 6:58 AM
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Mike Komisarek picked up two assists on Sunday.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Komisarek doubled his point count this season in Sunday's game as he will end the season with four assists in 32 games. He has no fantasy value but it was nice to see the blueliner have a nice offensive outburst.
Eric Staal scores a pair in team finale | 04/14/2014 6:56 AM
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Eric Staal scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 shootout win over Philadelphia.
Raleigh News & Observer

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Staal ends the season with 21 goals and 61 points as he had six shots on goal Sunday. It was a fair season for Staal as much more was expected of him offensively, especially on the power play where he managed to score only once all season.
Anton Khudobin finishes season with 19 wins | 04/13/2014 7:41 PM
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Thanks to the Carolina Hurricanes' 6-5 (SO) win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Anton Khudobin notched his 19th win of the season.
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Injuries and commitments to Cam Ward limited Khudobin to 36 games played, but he showed why he might be "the guy" in Carolina going forward, as he improved his record to 19-14-1 with a strong .926 save percentage and 2.30 GAA on the season.

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