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The Carolina Hurricanes Remain Perfect Through Five Games

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes still don’t have a blemish on their record.

The Canes, showing off their speed and quickness, topped the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday to improve their record to 5-0-0. That’s the best start to a season in franchise history and had Canes fans at full throat in the final seconds at PNC Arena.

“I thought from start to finish we were ready to play,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and the guys dug in. All in all it was a good effort by everybody in the group.

“I like the way guys are coming to work every day. The 5-0 is kind of irrelevant. We’re trying to win the day. That’s the mentality these guys have had and that we have to continue.”

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Jordan Martinook Will Miss Up To 2 Months After Core Muscle Surgery On Friday

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a core muscle injury. His recovery time is estimated to be six to eight weeks.

Martinook, 27, has posted one assist in four NHL games this season. The 6’1”, 204-pound forward set a career high with 15 goals in 2018-19 and added 10 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games for the Hurricanes. Martinook also registered four assists in 10 playoff games as Carolina advanced to the 2019 Eastern Conference Final. The Brandon, Man., native has recorded 91 points (41g, 50a) in 333 career NHL games with Arizona and Carolina. Martinook was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Coyotes along with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Luke Henman) in exchange for Marcus Kruger and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Ty Emberson) on May 3, 2018.

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Justin Faulk Now A Member Of The St. Louis Blues

(Sept. 24, 2019) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has acquired defenseman Justin Faulk and a 2020 fifth-round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Joel Edmundson, forward Dominik Bokk and a 2021 seventh-round pick.  In conjunction with the trade, Faulk has signed a seven-year contract extension worth $45.5 million with the Blues ($6.5 million annual average value). 

“I would like to thank Joel his four seasons with the Blues,” said Armstrong.  “He was an important part of what we accomplished here, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

“We are excited to add Justin to our core group for the next eight years.  He is a top-four defenseman who averages over twenty-three minutes a game and we are confident he will be a strong addition to our club.”

added 2:08pm, Carolina release is below.

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Jake Gardiner Signs With The Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four-year contract. The deal pays Gardiner an average annual value (AAV) of $4.05 million.

"Jake is a solid veteran blueliner with a proven history of contributing offensively, including on the power play," said Waddell. "He's had options this summer, but ultimately decided that Carolina is his best fit, and we're thrilled to have him here."

Gardiner, 29, totaled 30 points (3g, 27a) and ranked third among Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen in plus/minus (+19) in 62 regular-season games in 2018-19. The Minnetonka, Minn., native played his 500th NHL game on Oct. 27, 2018, against Winnipeg and registered his 200th NHL assist on Feb. 25, 2019, against the Islanders. Gardiner returned to action on April 4 after missing 18 games with a back injury, and played in all seven games of the Maple Leafs' opening-round loss to the Boston Bruins, earning two assists.

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The Spotlight Is On Petr Mrazek In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

For all that is different for the Carolina Hurricanes from one year ago, and the changes over the past 12 months are multifold, everything still circles back to the same player.

Petr Mrazek.

Not to put it all on the goalie’s shoulders, but some of it’s unavoidable.

The difference between then and now is that the Hurricanes know Mrazek, who resurrected his career here after signing a one-year deal and carried the team into the playoffs, and aren’t going into the season wondering if he can handle the workload. They know he can. But he still has to do it.

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Justin Williams Decides To “Step Away From The Game”

RALEIGH, NC - Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams today announced that he will step away from the National Hockey League ahead of the 2019-20 season.

"This is the first time in my life that I've felt unsure of my aspirations with regards to hockey," said Williams. "For as long as I can remember, my whole off-season until this point has been hockey and doing what was necessary to prepare for the upcoming season. Because of my current indecision, and without the type of mental and physical commitment that I'm accustomed to having, I've decided to step away from the game.

"It's important to me that the focus of attention is on the current, very talented group the Carolina Hurricanes have assembled, as they prepare to build on the momentum and growth we established last season."

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Cam Ward Will Retire As A Carolina Hurricane

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed goaltender Cam Ward to a one-day contract and that Ward will retire from the National Hockey League as a member of the Hurricanes.

"Cam was a cornerstone for this organization for more than a decade," said Waddell. "From his 'Cam's Champs' program to his efforts with the Hurricanes Foundation and time spent teaching at our hockey camps, he had a tremendous impact on this community. We're proud that he has chosen to retire with the Carolina Hurricanes."

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Video- Petr Mrazek Makes The Save

Five minutes of saves by Petr Mrazek from the 2018-19 NHL season.

 

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A New Road Sweater For The Carolina Hurricanes

 

Promo video is below.

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Don Waddell Staying In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Tom Dundon, Chief Executive Officer, Owner and Governor of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced the team has re-signed President and General Manager Don Waddell to a multi-year contract extension.

"Don's leadership and experience are invaluable to our organization and I'm happy we were able reach an extension," said Dundon. "Don and I have a great relationship and he is someone I trust. I'm excited to continue to build a championship team with Don."

"I'm thrilled to sign an extension with the Hurricanes and I look forward to continuing the success we experienced last season," said Waddell. "We have a first-class organization, a great fanbase and a team we feel is built to contend for the Stanley Cup. My family and I are excited to stay in Raleigh for years to come."

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