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Tony DeAngelo Enjoying Life With The Carolina Hurricanes

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It’s been a minute since the Rangers and Tony DeAngelo shared a sheet of ice, but when the Blueshirts take on the ’Canes here Friday night in their next challenge, No. 77 will be on the other side.

He will be the one thriving after a year of enforced idleness that followed, well, come on, you know the story by now. Outburst(s). A post-game encounter with a teammate following a final warning. Waivers. Exile. Buyout.

And a new start away from the bright lights of Broadway.

“It’s going really well for me here,” DeAngelo, who signed a one-year free-agent deal for $1 million with Carolina following the buyout, told The Post this week. “I was a little rusty in training camp, though, I came back and it was, ‘Holy blank, I didn’t know I was out this long.’ So it took me a little bit to get going.

“But there are so many good players here and the pace has been so high from the start that I was able to get comfortable pretty early. It’s been real smooth. We started off 9-0 and it doesn’t get better than that.”

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Video- Ian Cole Fined $5K

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Do You Really Know Don Waddell?

from Scott Burnside of Hurricanes.com,

We could start with the fact that moments before we sit down with Carolina Hurricanes President & General Manager Don Waddell he's been interviewing candidates for the GM job of PNC Arena.

Or, we could start with the fact that since arriving as the team's president of business operations in 2014 Waddell has, barring travel, been in his office, usually at 5 a.m., every day but perhaps three. And two of those were Christmas Days.

Or, we could start with the fact that over the past three-plus years Waddell has had to lobby state politicians on the benefits of sports wagering and lobbying his owner to add this player or that player with equal dexterity.

But we will start with the porta-potties.

Because, well, why wouldn't we? And not to spoil it, but it all makes tie together quite nicely.

Those who knew Waddell back in the day say he was a heck of a player. The skilled defenseman played in just one NHL game, that for the Los Angeles Kings in 1980-81. But he would likely have been a part of the Miracle On Ice team in 1980, had he not suffered a knee injury shortly before those magical Olympics. He rolled up points like a madman at the minor pro level.

But Waddell knew he wanted something else apart from grinding it out in the minors. So he decided to step away from the game and he started a porta-potty business in Toledo.

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Rod Brind’Amour Fined $25K

NEW YORK (Nov. 30, 2021) – Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct during NHL Game No. 329 against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Nov. 28, the National Hockey League announced today.


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Still Undefeated In Carolina

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes keep riding the wave.

And the shoulders of the goalie they call “Freddie.”

The Canes, with Frederik Andersen again standing tall in net and making 33 saves, turned back the Bruins 3-0 at PNC Arena to push their record to 6-0, the best start in franchise history. 

Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour had tagged it ”the big game,” given that it was the Bruins, who owned the season series before the pandemic and dispatched the Canes from the 2019 and 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

How did the Canes respond? If Brind’Amour had a best-case scenario in mind before the game, it played out. As forward Nino Niederreiter put it, the Canes kept riding “the wave.”

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Jake Gardiner Likely Out This Season

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Jake Gardiner will have hip and back surgeries and the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman is not expected to play this season, general manager Don Waddell said Sunday.

Waddell mentioned Gardiner's status when asked if the Hurricanes had enough salary cap space for forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi's one-year, $6.1 million contract. Kotkaniemi will sign the contract after the Montreal Canadiens on decided Saturday not to match an offer sheet tendered by the Hurricanes on Aug. 28.

Waddell did not say when Gardiner's surgeries would take place. Gardiner, who signed a four-year, $16.2 million contract ($4.05 million average annual value) with the Hurricanes on Sept. 6, 2019, will go on long-term injured reserve.

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Jesperi Kotkaniemi Is Now A Member Of The Carolina Hurricanes

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday the team's decision to not match the offer sheet made by the Carolina Hurricanes to restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

"Carolina has used a tool available to them in the collective bargaining agreement and we accept that decision," said Bergevin.

As compensation, the Canadiens receive a first and third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Hurricanes.

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Bad Move Carolina

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: Carolina’s decision to tender an offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi for an absurd amount of money was a petty, childish, bush-league move on the part of an organization that simply refuses to grow up.

Bad enough that the Hurricanes chose to act out of revenge — but to accompany that silliness with a bunch of sophomoric tweets and a petulant $20 signing bonus was an embarrassment to the league and the organization.

All in all, the Canes behaved like a bunch of Grade 5 boys trying to see who can stand farthest from the urinal — and not giving a damn who gets splashed in the process.

If Carolina wanted to make its team better, they should have gone after Quinn Hughes. Having lost Dougie Hamilton to New Jersey, they could use a top-flight defenceman. Instead, they chose to throw an absurd amount of money at Kotkaniemi, a very nice young man still trying to get his sea legs in the NHL.

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We Have An Offer Sheet

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi. The one-year contract, which Kotkaniemi has signed, pays a salary of $6,100,015 for the 2021-22 season and carries a $20 signing bonus. The Montreal Canadiens have seven days to match the offer. If the Canadiens do not match the offer, they will receive a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft as compensation from the Hurricanes.

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An Eight-Year Deal For Andrei Svechnikov In Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Andrei Svechnikov on an eight-year contract. The deal will pay Svechnikov an average-annual value (AAV) of $7.75 million per season through 2028-29.

“Andrei is one of the cornerstones of this organization, and we are thrilled to reach a long-term commitment to keep him here,” said Waddell. “He is one of the brightest rising stars in our sport, and will play a key role in our efforts to bring the Stanley Cup to the Triangle this decade.”

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