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Justin Faulk’s Role With The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Faulk situation is curious, since the Hurricanes will be paying him $6 million with a salary-cap hit of $4.83 million to play third-pairing minutes on the right side behind Dougie Hamilton and Brett Pesce. Faulk will almost certainly lose the co-captaincy in Rod Brind’Amour’s restructuring of his leadership group, and probably the letter off his jersey entirely.

But the Hurricanes feel no financial imperative to move his contract, they have plenty of cap space and they’ll have as talented a third pairing as anyone in the NHL with Faulk there.

This may not be the worst thing in the world for Faulk, either: He’ll be a dangerous threat against the opposition’s third and fourth lines, with more room to attack on offense and margin for error on defense, and he’ll still anchor the second power-play unit. He could end up being this team’s Matt Cullen, only on the blue line: the matchup nightmare who slices through the opposition’s soft underbelly.

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Jeff Skinner Traded To Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Skinner (5’11”, 200 lbs., 5/16/1992) joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 379 points (204+175), scoring the 20th-most goals in the NHL during that span and tying for 10th-most at even strength (159).

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Skinner recorded 49 points (24+25) in 82 games last season, topping the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career. He finished the season tied for 12th among all NHL players with 89 goals during the last three seasons and tied for seventh with 74 even-strength goals during that same span.

Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

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Jeff Skinner & Justin Faulk Could Still Be Members Of The Carolina Hurricanes When The Season Opens

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

It will be awkward if it happens, but there’s every reason to believe both Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk will still be members of the Carolina Hurricanes when players report to training camp on September 13.

And it will be very awkward if that’s how it turns out.

Both have spent most or all of the entire summer on the trading block in varying degrees of public fashion, Skinner because of his contract, which will expire after the season with no indication he’ll re-sign with the Hurricanes; Faulk because of his expendability after the acquisition of Dougie Hamilton; both because their combined 15 NHL seasons without a single playoff appearance makes them prime targets amid the need for a shake-up in the dressing room.

Throw in the fact that Faulk was a co-captain last season, even if Jordan Staal bore almost all of that weight, but may not wear any letter at all in the first year of the Rod Brind’Amour regime, and he remains a prime candidate for a change of scenery in the wake of what could be a very visible demotion.


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The Carolina Hurricanes Still May Make A Few More Moves

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Trade talk has gone quiet around the league in recent weeks but, in Faulk and Skinner, the Canes are dangling two players who could turn pretenders into contenders.

It’s more or less the Silly Season in hockey now. Fishing lines are cast and sunscreen is rubbed in. Most of the news we’ve seen in the past couple weeks involves contract extensions and arbitration hearings. We’ve seen two trades since July 3, one of them Chicago’s salary dump of Marian Hossa’s contract, the other a minor deal involving low-level prospects from Columbus and Arizona....

But there’s still one team out there with the power to alter the league’s power structure before the season starts. Don’t sleep on the Carolina Hurricanes.

They’ve already been busy under new owner Tom Dundon, nudging out GM Ron Francis and hiring Don Waddell, hiring a new coach in Rod Brind’Amour and swinging a draft-day blockbuster trade, shipping out 2013 and 2015 first-round picks Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox.

The Hanifin trade wasn’t a huge surprise because it was widely known the Canes had a monstrous surplus of quality defensemen. Oddly enough, though, they’ve since amassed an even bigger surplus. Not only did Hamilton come back their way, they also landed a good blueline prospect in Fox and signed UFA Calvin de Haan to a four-year, $18.2-million deal. So that gives the Canes a top four likely consisting of shutdown duo Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, plus Hamilton and de Haan. That leaves two right-handed shots, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Faulk, as the bottom pair, with prospect Haydn Fleury likely ready for NHL duty but without a spot available in the lineup, and with two other good prospects in the system in Jake Bean and Fox.

There is simply too big an overflow on defense for us not to foresee another trade, and it has to involve Faulk. He has two years left on his contract at a highly team-friendly $4.83-million cap hit, he has zero movement restrictions on his deal, and he has been somewhat marginalized in recent seasons, seeing a decline in his minutes and responsibility.


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Morning Line- Chuck Kaiton

“I was hoping for a reasonable offer to stay but obviously the offer was an invitation to leave, that is how I look at it. I really was hoping we could make some headway. It’s his decision to offer what he offered and it was quite a substantial decrease. It really basically told me they weren’t that interested in keeping me. That’s life. It’s his team.”

-Chuck Kaiton, now former radio broadcast play-by-play man for the Carolina Hurricanes.  Luke DeCock of the News & Observer has more.

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Video- The Future Of Jeff Skinner

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Chuck Kaiton, Long Time Radio Voice Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Be Replaced By A Simulcast

from Brett Haensel of the News & Observer,

For the first time in 22 years, fans tuning into a Carolina Hurricanes game broadcast this fall may not hear Chuck Kaiton on the call. Instead, they’ll likely be met by the familiar voices of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

Due to the ever changing landscape of the local play-by-play radio broadcast industry and a new owner known for eliminating inefficiencies, it appears the Hurricanes radio announcer-- who has never missed a game in his 39 years calling games for both the Hurricanes and Hartford Whalers organizations -- could be replaced by a television simulcast for the coming season.


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On A Slow Day, Here’s A Bit Of Carolina And Anaheim News

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Steve Smith has resigned his position as assistant coach. The team will immediately begin its search for a new assistant coach.

Smith, 55, spent four seasons with the Hurricanes as an assistant coach and was responsible for the team’s defensemen and penalty kill. In his four seasons as assistant coach, the Hurricanes compiled a 137-138-53 record.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will retire the jerseys of Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer this coming season as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Kariya’s #9 jersey will be raised on Oct. 21 vs. Buffalo (5 p.m.), with Niedermayer’s #27 to follow on Feb. 17 vs. Washington (6 p.m.).

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Calvin de Haan Headed To The Carolina Hurricanes


added 9:49pm, Carolina press release is below.

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Petr Mrazek Is Fine With Some Extra Pressure On him

from Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

The Czech goaltender signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes shortly after free agency opened on Sunday, July 1.

It's a relatively low-risk, high-reward signing for the Hurricanes, who rounded out their goaltending duo of Scott Darling and Mrazek for the 2018-19 season. For Mrazek, the one-year term is a chance to prove his worth in the NHL.

"It's something that puts me a little bit more under pressure," Mrazek said on a conference call. "That's something that I like to play under in the game, when there's more pressure on me."

"At 26 years of age, we felt there's still upside," President and General Manager Don Waddell said. "The age was a big factor for us. He's still a young player with a lot to prove, and he's determined to prove it."

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