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The Carolina Hurricanes Without Dougie Hamilton

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

There’s no replacing Hamilton, who picked up where he left off last season as an offensive dynamo, not only creating chances for others but finishing them himself, and doing a far more credible job in his own end at the same time. Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce were already shouldering a heavy load as part of the defensive foundation with Hamilton; their nights aren’t going to get any shorter. Slavin played 25:23, third-most this season, in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Pesce played 25:34, second-most for him.

That’s the new normal for both in the post-Hamilton reality. The Hurricanes are hoping the way they played isn’t. Hamilton’s absence alone doesn’t excuse a dismal performance against a Western Conference bottom-feeder after Sebastian Aho staked the Hurricanes to the lead in the first four minutes.

“That’s a huge part of our team missing,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “But we have a lot of guys in there. I don’t think we were sharp. That was clearly evident.”

The Hurricanes were in the market for a top-four capable defenseman before Hamilton went down, but that quest was upgraded from “if possible” to “by all means necessary.” Unfortunately for them, everyone else in the NHL knows it. Whatever the prices they saw before were, they just went up. Fortunately, they have the salary-cap space to do it, and maybe even add a veteran depth guy as well. Ideally sooner rather than later.

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Dougie Hamilton Had Surgery Today To Repair A Broken Leg

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton today underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg. The procedure was performed by Dr. Kevin Logel at Raleigh Orthopaedic, and Hamilton is out indefinitely.

Below watch how the injury occurred.

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Video- Dougie Hamilton Injury

Hopefully not as bad as it looked.

 

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Justin Williams Is Back 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 forward Justin Williams to a one-year contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The contract will pay Williams a base salary of $700,000, and he can earn an additional $1.3 million in potential bonuses based on individual and team play in the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Williams, 38, has recorded 786 points (312g, 474a) in 1,244 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, Flyers, Kings and Capitals. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, winning titles with Carolina in 2006 and Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014 and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014. Williams has tallied 305 points (120g, 185a) in 429 career games with the Hurricanes, ranking seventh in team history (since relocation) in goals and assists and ninth in points. He is one of nine players in NHL history to score 100 goals and win the Stanley Cup with two different franchises.

“We’ve been in frequent contact with Justin over the last few months regarding his status,” said Waddell. “We’re thrilled that he has decided to return to playing, and we’re confident that adding him to our group will help us both on and off the ice.”

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Erik Haula Honors Daughter Lost To A Miscarriage

from Gina Vivinetto

NHL player Erik Haula is honoring the memory of the child he lost to a miscarriage.

The Carolina Hurricanes player took to the ice Tuesday, just one day after he and his wife, Kristen Haula, learned they had lost their daughter during a routine doctor's visit.

The grieving athlete scored a pivotal goal that helped him lead his team to a 3-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens. Immediately after the goal, he pointed his finger upward in honor of his little girl.

The following day, Erik paid tribute to her again by sharing a gallery of photos on Instagram, including an image of two hockey sticks decorated in remembrance.

"RIP 12/30/19" was handwritten across the sticks' red grip tape.

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Morning Line- Jake Gardiner

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Video- Andrei Svechnikov Did It Again.

Goalies may start reading the play and stand up, or a defenseman may greet him at the post.

 

 

added 11:25pm, Below, Blake Wheeler on gettng tripped (see the video below) before the goal and the goal itself.

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Video- It Looked Offside But It Wasn’t Calgary/Carolina

via Sportsnet,

The Carolina Hurricanes appear to go offside as the puck exits the Calgary Flames zone before being brought back in by Julien Gauthier, with the goal scorer Jamie McGinn still lingering, however, the referees determine that the play was onside.

The Flames were penalized for the challenge and the Canes scored.  It went from 0-0 to 2-0 rather quickly.

 

 

Watch the goal below.

added 6:11pm, Brian Burke explains the call, watch below.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To Mikko Koskinen

Dougie Hamilton from center ice.

 

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Vdeo- Dust-Up With Joe Thornton And Petr Mrazek

Mrazek and Thornton get 2 for slashing plus Thornton receives 2 for roughing.

 

 

added 12/6/19 at 12:02pm, Pretty funny tweet below.

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