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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Impact
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

Impact
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.
NHL.com

Impact
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

Impact
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

Impact
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

Impact
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.
AP

Impact
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.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
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.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
"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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Impact
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.
NHL.com

Impact
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

Impact
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

Impact
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.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
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.
Jeff Skinner sets career-high with 33 goals | 04/13/2014 7:35 PM
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Carolina Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner scored two goals on Sunday to set a new career-high with 33 goals.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Skinner edges the 31 tallies he collected as a rookie in 2010-11, although he didn't top the 63 points he generated in that impressive campaign. Skinner managed an impressive average being that he was limited to 71 contests, including easily the most SOG (274) of his career. If he can keep firing away next season, he could easily flirt with 40 goals next season.
Anton Khudobin will start on Sunday | 04/13/2014 2:45 PM
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Anton Khudobin will play between the pipes on Sunday.
Chip Alexander on Twitter

Impact
Khudobin will try to snap his two game losing streak. Although this has been a disappointing season for Carolina, he's been great with a 2.23 GAA and .927 save percentage in 35 games.
Eric Staal has only one power play goal | 04/13/2014 6:34 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes power play is ranked 28th overall and a big reason for that is Eric Staal who has scored only once this season.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Staal had six seasons of double digit power play goals before the 2011-12 season but this is his worst season to date. "Too often it was like we were trying to score the perfect goal on the power play when we needed some dirty goals," GM Jim Rutherford said. Staal has only 19 goals and 59 points this season, his worst since he was a rookie. Look for a bounce back season in 2014-15 as Staal is only 29.
Zach Boychuk returns to the minors | 04/12/2014 5:10 PM
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Zach Boychuk has been reassigned to the minors.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He suited up in Friday's game against Detroit in his 11th NHL appearance of the season. Boychuk has a goal and three assists with the Hurricanes this season.
Hurricanes ink college FA Patrick Brown | 04/12/2014 5:03 PM
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Carolina has signed college free agent Patrick Brown to a two-year, entry-level deal.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He produced 15 goals and 30 points in 40 games for Boston College during his senior season in 2013-14. Brown was the team's captain and his father, Doug, played 15 seasons in the NHL.
Andrej Sekera undergoes abdominal surgery | 04/12/2014 11:41 AM
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Andrej Sekera underwent abdominal surgery on Friday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He will require about six weeks of recovery time. Sekera had the most productive season of his NHL career in 2013-14. He generated 11 goals and 44 points in 74 games to lead Carolina's defensemen in scoring and place himself third on the team.
Elias Lindholm nets PPG in win over Wings | 04/12/2014 11:23 AM
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Elias Lindholm netted a power-play goal in Friday's 2-1 win over Detroit.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Andrei Loktionov and Jay Harrison assisted on the rookie's ninth goal of the season. Lindholm has 20 points in 57 games with the Hurricanes this season.
| 04/12/2014 1:56 AM
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Zach Boychuk was called up from the minors on Friday April 11.
Rotoworld.com

Cam Ward helps Canes topple Red Wings | 04/11/2014 10:46 PM
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Cam Ward denied 28 of 29 shots directed his way on Friday night to lift the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Red Wings.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Ward notches his first victory in three appearances and his fifth in the past 14. Ward is 10-12-6 in what has been a rough season where he owns a .898 save percentage and 3.06 goals against average.
Jiri Tlusty scores 16th goal of the year | 04/11/2014 10:27 PM
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Jiri Tlusty's winning goal helped Carolina defeat Detroit on the road in the regular season for the first time in 25 years on Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Tlusty's 16th marker of the season put the Canes up 2-0 late in the first period, and Carolina held on to win 2-1. Tlusty now has 28 points in 62 games this season, a step back from his impressive 38 points in 48 games last year.
Justin Faulk records an assist vs. Washington | 04/11/2014 6:41 AM
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Justin Faulk recorded an assist in a 5-2 loss to Washington Thursday night.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Faulk has five goals and 24 assists in 74 games this season. His 29 points is a new career-high, but we think he can top it in 2014-15.
Jordan Staal hits the 40-point milestone | 04/11/2014 6:38 AM
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Jordan Staal had an assist in Carolina's 5-2 loss on Thursday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Staal was on a seven-game scoring slump. That point brought him up to the 40-point milestone, which is well below where we had hoped he'd be at near the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Jiri Tlusty scores in loss to Washington | 04/10/2014 10:06 PM
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Jiri Tlusty found the back of the net for Carolina in a 5-2 loss to the Capitals Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Tlusty has not managed to match last season's exceptional breakout, but he may still have some value in very deep formats. The shorthanded tally gives him 15 goals on the campaign. Radek Dvorak also scored a goal in the losing effort.
Anton Khudobin struggles in loss to Caps | 04/10/2014 10:02 PM
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Anton Khudobin suffered a nightmarish performance in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Capitals.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Khudobin has been a breath of fresh air for the struggling Hurricanes this year, but he didn't have it on this night, allowing five goals on 21 shots in the defeat. His record falls to 18-14-1 while his GAA is 2.19 and his save percentage is .927.
Anton Khudobin will start Thursday vs. Caps | 04/10/2014 1:54 PM
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Anton Khudobin will be in goal for Carolina for Thursday's game versus Washington.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He has been excellent for he Hurricanes this season, while sporting a .931 save percentage (2nd in the league) and a 2.14 goals-against average (7th in the league). "What we really like him, other than the results, is if you watch him in practice he's our hardest-working guy," coach Kirk Muller said. "He challenges players every day to score on him. He spends extra time on the ice. Because of that work ethic that's a big reason he has had the success this year."
Canes assign Ryan Murphy to the minors | 04/10/2014 1:50 PM
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Carolina has returned Ryan Murphy to the minors.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He has two goals and 12 points in 48 games this campaign. Murphy has 19 points in 19 matches with AHL Charlotte.
Andrej Sekera may not play again this year | 04/10/2014 1:47 PM
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Andrej Sekera (lower body) will sit out his fourth straight game on Thursday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
It's unclear if he'll be able to return for Carolina's last two games of the season. Sekera has enjoyed a career year in 2013-14 with 11 goals and 44 points in 74 games.
Jiri Tlusty will return from UBI Thursday | 04/10/2014 1:44 PM
News
Jiri Tlusty (upper body) will return Thursday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
He has missed the last four games. He's expected to line up alongside Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, but coach Kirk Muller said there might be some additional tinkering with the combinations during the game. Tlusty has 14 goals and 26 points in 65 games.
Muller insists Hurricanes are on right path | 04/10/2014 9:06 AM
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Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller thinks that the team is heading in the right direction.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season and from a points perspective, they're no better now than when they got eliminated back in 2010. "I know that's not easy to explain short of getting into all the details, but I think we've looked at some different areas we've improved on and I think we're in the right direction," Muller insisted. Either way, he might end up getting replaced over the summer.
Brett Bellemore picks up an assist Tuesday | 04/09/2014 9:50 AM
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Brett Bellemore recorded an assist in Carolina's 4-1 loss on Tuesday.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Bellemore has two goals and eight points in 61 games this season. The defensive defenseman also has 164 hits and 96 blocked shots.
Hurricanes are officially out of playoff race | 04/09/2014 9:47 AM
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The Carolina Hurricanes have been eliminated from the playoffs.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
This is the fourth time in a row that they won't be going to the postseason. There was a recent New York Post report suggesting that head coach Kirk Muller will be fired at the end of the season and that wouldn't be surprising given that he hasn't managed to lead them to the playoffs in the two-plus years he's been overseeing the team.
| 04/09/2014 2:42 AM
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Drayson Bowman returned to action on Tuesday April 8.
Rotoworld.com

Cam Ward allows four goals in Canes loss | 04/08/2014 11:26 PM
News
Cam Ward had a busy night on Tuesday, but was ultimately beaten four times on 36 shots as the Canes suffered a 4-1 loss to New York.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Ward's effort was probably not good enough to steal back the starters' job for the final stretch of the season. The veteran netminder has struggled this year with just a 9-12-6 record in an injury-shortened campaign.
Parick Dwyer's goal not enough for Canes | 04/08/2014 11:21 PM
News
Parick Dwyer's eighth tally of the season was all the Hurricanes could muster against Henrik Lundqvist as the Rangers beat Carolina 4-1.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Dwyer was set up by Brett Bellemore early in the first period, but the Rangers took over the game soon afterwards. Dwyer has 22 points in 72 games this season.
Cam Ward will get the nod Tuesday | 04/08/2014 3:57 PM
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Cam Ward will play between the pipes on Tuesday.
Chantel McCabe on Twitter

Impact
It will be his first game since March 31. He has a 3.11 GAA and .896 save percentage in 28 contests this season.
Nathan Gerbe having a career year | 04/08/2014 7:55 AM
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Nathan Gerbe is have the best offensive season of his NHL career.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
Gerbe has 17 goals and 33 points this season and it's coming off a year in which the Buffalo Sabres decided to buy out the final season of his contract. Gerbe, the smallest player in the NHL at five feet five inches, inked a two-way deal with the Hurricanes and he has been a pleasant surprise. Gerbe becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season but he has certainly earned himself another contract with the Hurricanes.
Muller thinks Skinner has 40 goals in him | 04/07/2014 9:26 AM
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Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller thinks Jeff Skinner will develop into a 40-goal scorer.
Raleigh News & Observer

Impact
"I think he can, yeah," coach Kirk Muller said Saturday. "He's had a few stretches where he didn't have production and I think because he's young that affects guys who score goals. When you're not scoring, you evaluate your game that way, and I think through maturity you learn that when you don't score you work to keep the other things in your game. You just keep level-headed. When he does that and gets a little more consistent, he has the capability of scoring 40." Skinner has matched his career-high of 31 goals this season. It's worth noting that the 21-year-old has already run into some injury trouble and he'll probably need to have a nearly completely healthy season to reach the 40-goal milestone.

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