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2010-11 NHL Power Rankings: The Quintessential Report

October 10th, 2010 No Comments

With the NHL pre-season behind us it’s almost time to start the regular season where all 30 NHL teams will drop the puck in anger for the first time. There was plenty of movement this summer, which should help change the landscape of the NHL standings in a big way from where the teams finished in 2009-10. Sure, the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils are bound to be amongst the NHL’s elite teams, it’s in the bottom ranks that we will see the most change. Off-season improvements from teams such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins should equate to big changes in the Eastern Conference, while Western Conference teams such as the Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Phoenix Coyotes should help determine the playoff

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Carolina Hurricanes Win Both Games Against Minnesota Wild in 2010 NHL Premiere

October 9th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes flew into Helsinki, Finland, with four points and a confidence-building start to the 2010-2011 NHL season in mind. And, as the back-to-back concluded Friday afternoon, they achieved exactly what they were looking for. With a 2-1 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild to back up their 4-3 win over the Wild the day before, Carolina returns to North America leading the league in points. While it’s still a little premature to say that means much, leading the league was certainly something the ‘Canes never got to experience last season. The Hurricanes came through in Game One after holding on in the closing minutes. After Brandon Sutter scored the Hurricanes’ first goal of the season with seconds remaining in the first period, tying the game at 1-1, Anton Babchuk gave Carolina their first lead of the season just

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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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NHL: 2010-11 Eastern Conference Playoff Picks

September 30th, 2010 2 Comments

With the regular season just a few days away from commencing there are still a lot of roster decisions to be made. That said, for the most part, the top three lines on most NHL rosters are all but set, which makes it all the easier to make some solid predictions for the upcoming 2010-11 season. The following is a look at the Eastern Conference teams and where I see these teams finishing. Washington Capitals: Prediction- 1st In the Eastern Conference. After an excellent regular season which saw the Capitals earn the Presidents Trophy and set all kinds of franchise records along the way, the Caps fell victim to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s superb goaltending in the first round of the playoffs. Consdering just how poorly the Capitals season ended,  you just got to believe that the Capitals will come back with a

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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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