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Tom Dundon On A Few Topics

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Tom Dundon, The Owner Of The Carolina Hurricanes On Expanding The Playoffs

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

...if Dundon had his way, he said he’d include as many as 24 teams in the post-season while reducing the regular season from 82 to 78 games. While critics have argued expanding the playoffs would make the regular season less relevant, Dundon makes a case for the opposite.

“I just think it makes the regular season much more interesting,” Dundon said. “You don’t get the last two months where some teams aren’t trying anymore and you get a lot of bad games. If everyone’s in it all year fighting for seeds and fighting for playoffs, I think it’s just a better product.”

Dundon, for his part, acknowledges a considerable stumbling block to making such a change. Commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t an advocate of playoff expansion. Which is not to say Bettman’s mind can’t change. It wasn’t long ago that Bettman was among the pro-sports commissioners who saw gambling as a scourge. In October the NHL signed a sports-betting partnership with MGM Resorts. Which is perhaps why Dundon offered up a prediction of sorts.

“I think something around (playoff expansion) ultimately gets done, because there’s no one that loses,” Dundon said. “I will keep speaking to people about it, and we’ll keep trying. I think this is something that’s got a real chance.”

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What Could Happen When Both Teams Are Wearing Their Dark Sweaters

 

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Looking For Help

from TSN,

The NHL trade market appears to be heating up with the Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes both looking to make moves to boost their lineups.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Thursday that the Ducks are looking for a left-shot defenceman and noted the Hurricanes could make sense as a trade partner.

"Anaheim has been scouting teams like the Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes," Dreger said on Insider Trading. "I wouldn't say that there's a connection there yet, but Anaheim is pretty specific with what they need. Worst-case scenario, they're looking for a third-pairing guy with a left shot."

Meanwhile, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Carolina Hurricanes continue to look for scoring help as they rank second last in the NHL in goals for.

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Video- Brian Burke Doesn’t Like The Celebration From The Carolina Hurricanes

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke explains why he doesn’t like how the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after a win at home.

 

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A Bad Game For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

So here, just short of a quarter of the way through the season, is a turning point. After doing all the right things and failing to be rewarded for most of the past several weeks, the Carolina Hurricanes did none of the right things Saturday night and were duly punished. Duly embarrassed. Duly booed by those fans still willing to put in the effort.

A team that has been able to take pride in its hustle, if not its goal-scoring or goaltending, couldn’t even claim that Saturday. After four days off, the Hurricanes took a fifth unscheduled, snoozing their way through a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in their worst performance of the year and worst under Rod Brind’Amour, whose dogged stoicism finally shattered with a tongue-lashing of the entire bench during a second-period timeout....

This team has a decision to make now: Get back to playing the way it played to start the season, even in the absence of any positive reinforcement, or throw in the towel. By Sunday night, the answer will be clear.

“That’s the first game where I have not been happy with everything,” Brind’Amour said. “Do you give it a pass? Do you shuffle the deck? I don’t know. We’ll think about it. We’ll look through it again and make an assessment for tomorrow.”

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The Carolina Hurricanes Do Have Interest In William Nylander

from TSN,

Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell confirmed Thursday that he is interested in acquiring William Nylander, but said he believes the Toronto Maple Leafs still hope to re-sign the restricted free agent.

"I think the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to sign the player, which, if I was the team, I would be doing the same thing because he's a very good player and it's hard to make those trades," Waddell told First Up on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. "I've been in those spots before, trading Dany HeatleyMarian HossaIlya Kovalchuk... They're never easy to make a trade and feel like you got full value. So as a team trying to keep your good players, that's your first priority."

Waddell said the Hurricanes are among the teams that have reached out to Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas regarding Nylander, though he said part of the talks have simply focused on gaining insight for their own RFA negotiations.

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Jeremy Colliton Is 0-1 As The Head Coach Of The Chicago Blackhawks

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

He's a 33-year-old rookie NHL coach who owes his career to Bowman and there's no doubt about who will be making personnel decisions from this point forward.

Get used to it. That's the way of the world today. Very young and inexpensive coaches who operate at the whim of their bosses.

Look around. The Joel Quennevilles and Joe Maddons of the world are an endangered species.

But it doesn't mean a guy like Colliton -- who made an unpleasant debut in a 4-3 defeat at the UC Thursday night -- can't succeed.

The Blackhawks will succeed or fail going forward if their best players are their best players, and if Bowman can find better players to play with their best players.

Colliton must make sure his stars play like stars, and it's his job to put them in the best position to succeed.

It will take him some time to figure out just how to do that.

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All Don Waddell

from Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

CarolinaHurricanes.com: We're now a month into the regular season. How would you assess the team's performance thus far?

Don Waddell: I think overall, it's pretty positive. We've been in every game. A couple games we've lost by a couple goals and given up an empty-net goal. The one thing I like about this team is that there's no quit in it. We've had some games where we haven't played as well and gotten down, but we've found a way to battle ourselves back into it. What you're hoping is that, particularly your younger players, by game 10, they're better than they were in game one, and by game 20, they're better than they were in game 10. That's how you're going to get better in this league: experience of playing the game. Overall, we'd like to have a few more points. We've had some tough luck, but we've been competitive in every hockey game.

CH.com: Where does that resiliency come from? Is it from how Rod Brind'Amour carries himself as a head coach and how the leadership group commands the room?

Waddell: It's a trickle-down effect, for sure. We all know Rod as a player. He's been an assistant coach here for quite a few years. The good thing is he knows all the players....

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Winning Streak Hits Five For The Arizona Coyotes

from Richard Morin of azcentral,

For the third straight game, the Coyotes scored three goals in the first period to take a lofty lead in the early going. If their recent pattern were to repeat itself, they were well on their way to another rout at Gila River Arena.

But the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t allow the Coyotes to follow that script on Friday. They decidedly outplayed Arizona in the second period and managed to tie the game in the third. If it wasn’t for a stellar performance from Antti Raanta and an overtime winner by Michael Grabner, the Coyotes might have suffered a gut-wrenching loss.

While there are certainly several negatives to unpack from Friday’s game — a contest in which the Coyotes (7-5-0) escaped with a 4-3 win, extending their win streak to an NHL-best five games — the game more appropriately served as a testament to the team’s newfound mental toughness.

 

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