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Carolina Hurricanes Complete 2010-2011 Season Preview and Offseason Wrap-Up

October 2nd, 2010 2 Comments

After Friday’s European Sendoff preseason game against the Atlanta Thrashers, the Carolina Hurricanes will board a plane to cross the Atlantic and prepare to begin their 2010-2011 regular season. Hopefully, they can get off to a better start than last year, where the Hurricanes were last in the league for much of the first half of the season. However, with a younger, fresher, and more talented roster composed of usual team veterans as well as the best new prospects from the nearly-done training camp, Carolina should finally be poised to start quickly out of the gate. While this offseason wasn’t a headline-generating one for GM Jim Rutherford and the Hurricanes franchise, the perfect moves were done to give this 2010 ‘Canes team a completely new look going into this season. A plethora of draft picks collected through several Trade Deadline

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Signing of Patrick O’Sullivan Will Pay Huge Dividends

September 18th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes added another talented member Friday to their extremely competitive upcoming training camp battle for the two remaining center positions. The team signed 25-year-old center Patrick O’Sullivan to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level and just over $100,000 at the AHL level. While Carolina General Manager Jim Rutherford indicated that O’Sullivan “has the ability to reach [the 20-goal mark] again”, O’Sullivan will enter training camp next week as just another face in a talented group of prospects fighting for the position, including newly-acquired Jon Matsumoto and Riley Nash, seventh-overall draft pick Jeff Skinner, 2009 injury fill-in Patrick Dwyer, and AHL “veteran” Zac Dalpe. O’Sullivan will certainly have no guarantees of a spot. However, all the facts are pointed in the right direction for his chances not only to make the team,

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Carolina Hurricanes Team Report: Prospects Finish Third at Traverse City Tournament

September 17th, 2010 No Comments

This past week, teams of youngsters from eight franchises got their first bite of pre-preseason NHL action in the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament. While the defending 2009 champions, the Carolina Hurricanes, failed to repeat their title, the young ‘Canes did come in with an impressive third place finish. After falling to the eventual-champion Minnesota Wild 2-1 in their opening game, Carolina recovered quickly, winning a last-second 1-0 thriller over the New York Rangers’ prospects and then finishing off the first round play with a 8-1 demolishing of Columbus. The third place game against the Tampa Bay Lightning was another exciting affair, as both teams were tied 3-3 both after the end of regulation and the end of the first four-minute 4-on-4 overtime. Then, the ‘Canes and ‘Bolts got the try out the new test theory of a 3-on-3 overtime, and

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Weekend Wonderings: Five-Year NHL Trends and Streaks To Think Over

August 28th, 2010 No Comments

During the NHL lockout that cancelled what would have been the 2004-2005 season, the entire rules of the game were re-evaluated and changed to make hockey an overall better sport. The biggest changes regarded adding in the offsides rule and the shootout, but plenty of other revisions were also made. In the five seasons since then, the NHL has been an utterly different game than it used to be. However, as discussed and tested in the NHL’s Development and Orientation camp last week, the league is beginning to see some more changes, and also some reversions to the pre-lockout rules, might be becoming necessary. An investigation into the factual reasons behind their suggested modifications took us into a world of calculations in determining an array of trends and streaks through the last five NHL seasons. The first thing determined was that no

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Behind the Scenes Hockey: Nine Unheralded NHL Players

August 28th, 2010 1 Comment

Around the world of hockey, there are many words for them; “Down and Dirty”, “Rough and Tumble”, “In the Trenches”, “Blue Collar players”, and “Enforcers”. But throughout the years of the NHL, fans and staff alike have always loved the hardest hitter, the nastiest fighter, or the trashiest talker. In fact, many players and coaches in recent times have become famous for their gritty side, such as monstrous Zdeno Chara or 2010 playoff star Dustin Byfuglien. Truthfully, the biggest physical presences are no longer ignored, or, as the title proclaims, “unheralded”. But that’s not to say there aren’t any more “under the radar” blue collar players. In fact, there are more “behind the scenes” players than you expect, as no very well-known forward or defenseman was included…and that’s why they’re on this list. Whether it’s blocking shots, piling up takeaways, winning faceoffs, killing penalties, taking the longest

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Faces of the Franchise: Three Young Carolina Hurricanes To Watch For

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

That team, the Carolina Hurricanes, had begun the year dreadfully, just one season removed from a run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The ‘Canes were currently posting a miserable 10-27-7 record with just two measly wins away from the RBC Center. Further downgrading the outlook was the fact that Carolina had the second oldest average age out of all 30 NHL teams at 29.2. But now well over seven months later, the Carolina Hurricanes are just a shell of their former over-their-prime roster. Today, the new seventh youngest team is preparing for training camp with just 15 players signed to a one-way contract, leaving five spots available for prospects to earn during the preseason. While the ‘Canes still have nearly $12 million in cap space to work with, allowing for plenty of mid-season flexibility, the 2010-2011 Hurricanes have ridded themselves of

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