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Changes May Be Needed In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

After mustering only one goal in a shootout loss to the worst team in the NHL, with the annual Thanksgiving standings-lock less than three weeks away, the Carolina Hurricanes are in the danger zone. It’s time to wonder whether the status quo, whether that’s on the coaching staff or on the roster, is going to get the job done....

The easiest and most obvious fix is a coaching change. Bill Peters is clearly a good hockey coach, but the way the team is playing, it’s fair to wonder whether his message is getting through. Even the best hockey coaches have limited shelf lives, and Peters spent the first three years of his tenure grinding blood out of a stone. Even good coaches can go stale. Is anyone still listening at this point?

Certainly, Peters made his own bed with the ridiculous co-captaincy – and picking two guys who were passed over last year – and his distrust of Jeff Skinner has kept him from getting the most out of the team’s most talented player. With all the ex-Blackhawks added, Peters has as many fingerprints on the roster as Francis.

But it’s hard to say it’s entirely Peters’ fault. When Karmanos said this team had “four No. 2 centers” who did he think the other three were? This team is weak down the middle and has too many perimeter wingers, and Peters has so far been unable to fix that. Where the blame lies is open for debate, but not the results.

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Cam Ward The Backup Goaltender

from Chip Alexander of the New & Observer,

With the coming of Scott Darling, brought in to be the Canes’ No. 1 goalie this season, Ward found himself in a most unusual role. Long the franchise goalie, he was relegated to being the backup as Darling started eight of the Canes’ first 10 games.

In 11 previous full seasons, Ward played in 88 total games in October. This is different.

“There’s no question it has been an adjustment,” Ward said earlier this week. “I’m doing what I can to stay sharp in practice. When you’re not playing as much you have to emphasize more the practices and trying to stay sharp.”


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Semyon Varlamov Stops 57 Shots In Win Over The Carolina Hurricanes

from Nick Groke of the Denver Post,

It took just 55 seconds for a puck to sneak past Semyon Varlamov on Thursday night, a weasel of a first shot that poked under his armpit off the stick of a Carolina shooter. It did nothing to dissuade the veteran Avalanche goaltender from reaching a record.

Varlamov dominated over the next 59 minutes, stopping 57 shots in the Avs’ 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes. The Russian set a career-high and an Avalanche regular season record — not since Ron Tugnutt stopped 70 shots for the Quebec Nordiques in 1991 at the Boston Garden against the Bruins has this franchise seen a three-period performance to match Varlamov’s output at the Pepsi Center.

“He was phenomenal from start to finish,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said.

After a long, four-day layoff, the Avs also found the feel of another winning streak. Colorado (7-5-0), outworked in its own zone as Carolina put up 60 shots, won a second consecutive game and moved two games above .500 for the first time in more than a year. They are 5-1 in Denver.


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The Proposed Sale Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Have Hit A Snag

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. said Friday that negotiations continue with sports attorney Chuck Greenberg over the proposed sale of the NHL team.

But Karmanos, in an interview, said he has questions as to whether Greenberg will be able to form an investment group capable of raising the amount needed to buy the team – perhaps $500 million or more.

“The sale of the team is just sitting there, waiting for Chuck to say, ‘Geez, I can’t raise the money,’” Karmanos said. “We have a commitment to Chuck and we’re going to see it through. And quite frankly I wish he would pick up the phone and say, ‘Geez, you know what, I can’t get it done.’ Because it looks like he can’t get it done.”


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Mike Babcock On Toronto’s Compete Level After A 6-3 Loss To The Carolina Hurricanes

from Kristen Shelton of TSN,

Toronto trailed the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 just 2:53 into the first period of play. It took until midway through the second before they clawed their way back to a 3-3 tie, but then gave up three unanswered goals, exhausting their scoring prowess en route to a 6-3 loss.

As has been the trend over their first 10 games, the Leafs’ defensive effort was subpar in front of Frederik Andersen, who didn’t offer up the timely saves needed to cover his teammates’ sloppy play.

“[We were] non-competitive right from the start to the end, said head coach Mike Babcock. "From the coaching staff to the players, we were all no good tonight."

“If we start like that, we’re not going to win many games,” said Auston Matthews. “I think it’s just a consistency thing for this team right now. [The Hurricanes] came out and they were flying and getting in on the forecheck and we weren’t very good defensively, so when we start like that it’s going to be tough to win games.”

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Erik Cole Signs Ceremonial Contract With Carolina, Named Team Ambassador

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed left wing Erik Cole to a ceremonial contract. Cole subsequently announced his retirement from his playing career in hockey.

Following Cole's announcement, Hurricanes President Don Waddell named him as team ambassador. 

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Cam Ward Understands His Role

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

For more than a decade, Ward has been the Canes’ franchise goalie. Since the day the Canes raised the Stanley Cup in 2006, and Ward was given the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs, No. 30 has been No. 1 in net.

But Ward said Friday that he will have – and would accept – the role of backup in the coming season and would assist Darling any way he can, with the goal of making the Canes a playoff team again.

“I’m realistic,” Ward said in an interview at Raleigh Center Ice. “I understand the situation. I know he was brought in here to sign a four-year deal for pretty good money not to be a backup.

“I know where I am in my career. … Certainly I’m a competitive guy and I still want to be able to play and I’ll do whatever I can to earn that ice time, but I’m hopeful he can make that next step. He deserves that.”

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The Sale Process Of The Carolina Hurricanes Continues

from Chip Alexander and Luke DeCock of the News & observer,

A draft agreement for the sale of the Carolina Hurricanes to a group led by lawyer Chuck Greenberg has been given to lawyers for both sides for vetting, two sources with knowledge of the sale process said Wednesday. Both requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

While it’s another step along the process of selling the team, there are still hurdles for the deal to clear in the details – Greenberg is also still finalizing the makeup of his investor group – and potentially still a small window for another buyer to insert himself into the process, as current Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos indicated last week.


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A Six-Year Extension For Brett Pesce In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brett Pesce on a six-year contract extension. The deal, which will begin in the 2018-19 season, will pay Pesce $4.025 million per season.

"Brett took another big step forward last season," said Francis. "He plays a smart defensive game and has good ability to move the puck and contribute offensively. We plan for him to be a part of the Hurricanes' defensive corps for a long time."

Pesce, 22, completed his second full professional season in 2016-17, playing in all 82 of the Hurricanes' games. The Tarrytown, NY, native set NHL career highs with 18 assists and 20 points, and, along with his defensive partner Jaccob Slavin, posted a franchise single-season best plus-23 plus/minus rating. Pesce and Slavin finished the 2016-17 season ranked tied for 10th among all NHL skaters in plus/minus.

Originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round, 66th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, Pesce has scored six goals and earned 30 assists (36 points) in 151 career NHL regular-season games with Carolina. He made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes on Oct. 24, 2015, after playing just three American Hockey League (AHL) games with Carolina's affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, to start 2015-16. Pesce (6'3", 200 lbs.) turned professional after three seasons at the University of New Hampshire, where he was teammates and roommates with newly-acquired Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk.

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Peter Karmanos On The Sale Process Of The Carolina Hurricanes

via Chip Alexander tweets,

Karmanos says 11 or 12 groups have expressed interest in buying team. He says he's allowing Chuck Greenberg time to put together his group.

Karmanos: "Once (Greenberg) has done that we'll examine whether his offer cuts the mustard." Says he likes Greenberg.

Karmanos says sales price may "shake out" to between $450 million and $500 million. Adds, "If I have to go back, the price is going up."

Karmanos says if he has to wait, the price may rise to $550 million or $600 million, noting if Canes have successful season value increases.

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