HURRICANES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Zone Entries on Jordan Staal’s lines

The other day, I wrote about the struggles of the Hurricanes “second line” and how some of it stemmed from Muller relying on the trio of Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer & Nathan Gerbe to play in a top-six role. This was a unit that was reliable and decent when it came to winning the territorial battle at even strength, but they were a glorified checking line and didn’t produce...
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The Hurricanes unrestricted and restricted free agents

The frustration of another Carolina Hurricanes season has passed, and now fans are beginning to wonder what player changes are going to happen this offseason. Although big name players have been thrown around a lot in trade rumours, it is impossible to know if the Canes will actually deal any of the core players on the team this summer. As I have said numerous times I think this...
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8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jordan Staal and the “Small-Medium-Large” line

The summer prior to the 2012-13 season was an exciting one for Carolina Hurricanes fans. Stuck in mediocrity for years, the Canes made a couple of significant off-season moves that figured to re-shape the team and possibly lead them back to the playoffs. One of them was making a big trade for Jordan Staal at the draft, giving up a top-ten pick, a solid roster player in Brandon Sutter...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Embattled Canes coach defends season

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After Kirk Muller finished his first full season as an NHL head coach, he met with the media -- just like he did with the Hurricanes' brass already -- to discuss what was a disappointing season and give it a bit of an autopsy, so to speak. There have been some questions as to whether he will be the Hurricanes' head coach next season, his third after being...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes face uncertainty, frustration after missing playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. -- After the fifth straight season ended without a trip to the playoffs, yet another season that feels like a wasted one, it felt like Groundhog Day in the Carolina Hurricanes' locker room during postseason media availability. The Groundhog Day movie is about Bill Murray's character waking up on the same day each year, reliving the same experiences. And in a...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Canes' Eric Staal, Cam Ward not immune from trading block

It’s hard to imagine the Carolina Hurricanes without Eric Staal or Cam Ward. They starred on the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup team. They’ve become fixtures with the franchise. Staal has been the team captain since January 2010. But the Hurricanes now have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs five straight years, and change is on the way. What once was unthinkable – the possibility...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Effort vs. Strategy: Neutral Zone Play

If there is one thing that gets tiring about following an under-achieving team, it’s the idea that everything can be solved with a little bit of hard work, grit and leadership. That’s seems to be the general analysis with the Carolina Hurricanes lately. All of their problems, whether it be scoring goals or preventing them, stem from the team having no heart and not giving an...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Brown, Former BC Captain, Agrees To Terms With Hurricanes

Another Boston College hockey player has linked up with a NHL team. Senior center Patrick Brown, who wore the “C” for the Eagles this season, agreed to terms over the weekend on a two-year, entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. “Patrick showed tremendous leadership and character while serving as Boston College’s captain this season,” Hurricanes vice president...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking ahead to the offseason

The Hurricanes wrapped up their 2013-14 season yesterday afternoon with a 6-5 matinee win over the Philadelphia Flyers (the Canes actually won in a shootout? Shocking.) Once again Carolina will be on the outside looking in when talking about the playoffs, and that makes it five straight years without a playoff appearance for Carolina. The Canes finished this season with a 36-35...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes' Semin to have wrist surgery

Alexander Semin soon will have surgery on his wrist, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News and Observer on Monday. Semin played three of the Hurricanes' seven games in April and sat out the final two. In his second season with the team he had 22 goals and 42 points in 65 games. He was held without a goal or a point in his final six games.
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes get 6-5 shootout win over Flyers to end the season

That the Carolina Hurricanes won Sunday in their last game of the season wasn't that meaningful. The Hurricanes aren't going to the playoffs and nothing can ease that disappointment. Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal each scored a pair of goals for the Hurricanes, and Staal's shootout goal beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 at the Wells Fargo Center. Skinner's power-play...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes edge Red Wings 2-1

DETROIT (AP) -- Cam Ward had 28 saves, and the Carolina Hurricanes ended a quarter-century of regular-season futility in Detroit, beating the Red Wings 2-1 on Friday night. The Hurricanes hadn't won a regular-season game at Detroit since Nov. 14, 1989, when they were still the Hartford Whalers. They did win Game 1 of the 2002 Stanley Cup finals at Detroit, but that was their...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurricanes end home slate with loss

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The loneliest vuvuzela this side of 2010 was still there in PNC Arena on Thursday night, bleating out a few hopeful notes as the final home game of the season got going. Three sharp blasts on it by its owner prefaced the "€œLet'€™s Go '€˜Canes!" chant. Those started out energetically enough, and why not? A minute and two seconds into the...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Guy at NY Rangers game uses phone to find out how many periods games last (pic)

Impatient fan at tonight's Rangers game. pic.twitter.com/DdrOcsGPSp — Ben Reiter (@SI_BenReiter) April 9, 2014 A man in attendance at the New York Rangers-Carolina Hurricanes tilt at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night utilized his cell phone at some point during the game to figure out just how many periods are in a hockey game. Clearly […] The post Guy at NY Rangers game...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tough night: Sidney Crosby slapped by linesman, takes stick to the crotch (GIFs)

On a night when Sidney Crosby scored his 100th point of the season (above) — the fifth time he has reached that statistical achievement in his career — during a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, assisting on a Chris Kunitz goal. But the superstar had a helluva time dealing with some unexpected […] The post Tough night: Sidney Crosby slapped by linesman, takes...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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