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GM Francis: Hurricanes can make playoffs with a few breaks

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said he believes his team can end its six-year playoff drought this season."That’s my goal every year – I want to make the playoffs,” Francis told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. "I think we've got a team that can do that. You need an invitation to the dance. Once you get there, anything can happen."... I know...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes continue transition between the pipes

The Carolina Hurricanes have solidified their goaltending situation for the next few years, announcing they’ve signed Eddie Lack to a two-year extension worth $5.5 million. Lack, who was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season, will now be controlled by the Hurricanes until 2018. The Hurricanes scored one of the best deals this offseason, bringing Lack...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

FOX Sports Carolinas to offer expanded coverage for Hurricanes' season opener

FOX Sports Carolinas will offer expanded coverage on its opening night telecast of the Carolina Hurricanes' 2015-16 NHL regular season. The team will open the season on the road against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, Oct. 8. The voice of the Hurricanes, John Forslund, will call the game, alongside analyst Tripp Tracy. Additionally, Michelle McMahon will make her FOX Sports...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes season preview: Struggling team building around young defense

Plus: The past six playoff-less seasons haven't been kind to Carolina, but a young and improved defense should eventually pay dividends for coach Bill Peters' club. While fifth overall draft pick Noah Hanifin will need time to get his feet wet, blue-liners Justin Faulk (49 points) and Ryan Murphy headline a promising group with big potential for years to come. Offseason acquisition...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Eric Staal reportedly asking $9 million per season

  The biggest story for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2015-16 isn’t likely to be the performance of the team. Everyone, probably even those in the locker room, expects the ‘Canes to be contenders for nothing more than the top pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. No, the biggest story will likely revolve around team captain and longtime franchise cornerstone Eric Staal and his impending...
Via Sports-Glory
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Eric Staal wants $9 million per year on next contract

It was reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA that Eric Staal would like $9 million a year for his next contract. I also want to be the King of England. While Staal is a very good player and a player who is still playing like a first liner, it is a number that not a lot of people will pay for come next offseason. Especially after the spending last summer was much more tempered than expected...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Slavin, Ward help Senators beat Hurricanes 2-1

Jaccob Slavin broke a tie with 5:10 left, and Cam Ward made 19 saves to help the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in an exhibition game Sunday in St. John's, Newfoundland. Brock McGinn opened the scoring the scoring for Carolina in the first period. Shane Prince tied it in the second. Andrew Hammond made 24 saves for the Senators.
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes (30-40-11, eight in the Metropolitan Division)Coach:  Bill Peters (30-40-11, second season with Carolina this year)Key Departures: Alexander SeminKey Additions: Eddie Lack, James Wisniewski, Kris VersteegKey Player: Eric StaalEric Staal is entering the biggest season of his career in Carolina. He has one year left on his contract and, depending on where the...
Via The Sports Quotient
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Alexander Semin went a full play with a stick caught in his jersey

Alexander Semin is trying to resurrect his career now that he’s with the Montreal Canadiens. That includes giving it his all on the ice … even if an opponent’s stick gets caught in his jersey. T.J. Oshie’s stick got stuck inside Semin’s jersey (not really sure how) and Semin carried it with him for a good amount of time before it came dislodged on a shot. Ridiculous. ...
Via Puck Drunk Love
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes president says they paid Alexander Semin “to go away”

Alexander Semin was a failed experiment for the Carolina Hurricanes. Semin was signed to a five-year, $35 million contract heading into 2013-14 and the outcome was a disaster. Over the last two seasons, Semin appeared in 122 games and scored 61 points. That stat line doesn’t sound too bad, but he managed just 19 points in 57 games in 2014-15 which resulted in the club buying out...
Via Bloguin Best
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers invite Brett Bellemore to camp

Per Steve Zipay, the Rangers have invited former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore to camp on a PTO. Bellemore is a right-handed defenseman that played in 49 games with the Canes last year, putting up 2-8-10. Bellemore was a net-negative possession player, both raw and relative, in Carolina the last two seasons. Bellemore will likely […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes offseason recap

Last year: 30-41-11, eighth in the Metro Division. Missed the playoffs by 27 points. Key additions: Noah Hanifin, Eddie Lack, James Wisniewski Key subtractions: Anton Khudobin, Alex Semin, Patrick Dwyer, Brett Bellemore Offense: The Staal brothers are still serviceable players, but they are no longer stars capable of carrying an offense. The present and future lies […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurricanes Draft Pick, BC D-Man Noah Hanifin Signs Entry-Level Contract

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft pick Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, the defenseman will make $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the minor leagues through the 2017-18 season. Hanifin also receives a $277,500 signing bonus. The signing was announced after the team concluded...
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes select Noah Hanifin No. 5 overall in NHL Draft

The Carolina Hurricanes have missed the playoffs for six straight seasons, and so they clearly had a lot of needs. One of those needs is on defense, and they addressed that in the first round of the NHL Draft by picking Boston College's Noah Hanifin with the No. 5 overall pick. Hanifin was rated as the No. 3 overall prospect by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters, and...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Daniels: What could have been for the Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes have only had a few coaches in their 18 year history, yet each one has left a mark — good and bad — for the next coach in line. And not only have they left a mark in Carolina, they have all gone on to find jobs elsewhere in the league while becoming […] The post Jeff Daniels: What could have been for the Carolina Hurricanes appeared first on Along the Boards.
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Skinner is a conundrum in Carolina

Carolina Hurricanes fans have seen their share of great young talent since their inception in 1997, yet some shine brighter than others. This has been the case with Jeff Skinner since the day he was drafted, yet things have started to sour in Raleigh the last couple of years. After a spectacular rookie season in […] The post Jeff Skinner is a conundrum in Carolina appeared first...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrej Sekera trade worth risk for red-hot Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are finally starting to look like a team that’s won two Stanley Cup championships in the last three years. After a sluggish start to the 2014-15 campaign, L.A. has won eight straight games and knows it has a great chance to become the first team to claim back-to-back Stanley Cup titles since the 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings. This is why trading for veteran...
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes look to surge in 2nd half of the season

After returning from a refreshing six day all-star break the Hurricanes continued their hot play with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. While being the winners of 3 straight and a 7-2-1 record in 2015 the Carolina Hurricanes remain 18 points out of a playoff spot but that hasn’t stopped the whispers of the postseason from both fans and local media. While a Stanley Cup...
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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