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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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The Attendance Issues For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Abbie Bennett of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes have the second worst home game attendance in all of major league sports.

Financial news website 24/7 Wall St. published a report on “Sports Teams Running Out of Fans” on Monday that showed the Hurricanes have seen a serious dip in home attendance.

Over the last 10 years, attendance at Canes home games dropped 32 percent, with just 64 percent of all seats filled. Average home game attendance for the Canes is 11,776.

The Hurricanes relocated to Raleigh from Hartford, Conn., in 1997 and lackluster performances in recent years appear to be hurting ticket sales, according to the report.

The team often made postseason appearances during its first 10 years in Raleigh and won the Stanley Cup at the end of its 2005-06 season. The following season, home game attendance regularly topped 17,000.

But last season marked the eighth consecutive year that the Canes did not make a playoff appearance and average home game attendance was below 12,000.

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The Latest On ‘The Sale’ Of The Carolina Hurricanes

via Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

Yes, Chuck Greenberg is trying to buy the money-losing NHL franchise. But all Greenberg has right now is a non-binding letter of intent. Moreover, the real price (enterpise value) is nowhere near $500 million (perhaps the $500 million includes future money the potential buyer is promising to put into the team?), according to my sources.

And by the way, Greenberg is not even close to raising the money to buy the Hurricanes. Not even for $400 million.

Perhaps that is why team owner Peter Karmanos Jr. released this statement after the initial report of the sale: "Since an offer has been made to purchase the team," the statement read, according to NHL.com, "Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, including retaining his ownership of the team."

Hey, I wish Karmanos Jr. nothing but the best of luck if he does sell the team. Past losses have pushed up debt to over $200 million. So the team could use some equity. And maybe at some point the Hurricaness do sell for $500 million.

But as of now $500 million is fake news.

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New Owner Will Be Welcomed In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Finally, some hope for the future for Carolina Hurricanes fans – and not only on the ice, where the team’s future is increasingly bright, but in the (frequently unoccupied) owner’s suite as well, where Peter Karmanos is fielding an offer to buy the team.

The news Thursday that there’s a potential deal, reportedly with Chuck Greenberg, who once ran the Texas Rangers, helped save hockey in Pittsburgh and owns minor-league baseball’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans, appears to be the beginning of the end for the Hurricanes’ time in ownership purgatory, an existential malaise that has paralyzed the franchise since Karmanos lost his silent, unshakably loyal partner and his personal finances became increasingly strained.

There are still unanswered questions surrounding the deal – most notably, who is the money behind the bid? Just how ironclad is the purported promise to keep the team in Raleigh? – but any momentum toward change is positive momentum, and it’s easy to be happy about that.

The not knowing has been the worst part.

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The Carolina Hurricanes May Have Found A Buyer

from Sportsnet,

Former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg is close to buying the Carolina Hurricanes for approximately $500 million, according to reports.

The team would reportedly stay in Carolina if Greenberg successfully acquires the franchise.

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Carolina Hurricanes Announce Seven-Year Deal For Jaccob Slavin

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 Jaccob Slavin on a seven-year contract extension. The contract will begin during the 2018-19 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $5.3 million.

"Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward, and it was important to secure him with our organization long term," said Francis. "We believe he is one of the top young defensemen in the NHL today, and are thrilled that he and his wife, Kylie, have made their home in Raleigh."

Slavin, 23, posted career highs in points (34), goals (3), assists (29) and shorthanded points (4) during his first full NHL season in 2016-17. The Erie, CO, native led the Hurricanes in blocked shots (161), takeaways (83), time on ice per game (23:26) and shorthanded time on ice per game (3:07), and was tied for first in plus/minus with a plus-23 rating, the fourth-best plus/minus season in franchise history. Slavin ranked second in the NHL in takeaways, first among league defensemen in shorthanded points and tied for 10th among league blueliners in plus/minus.

Selected by the Hurricanes in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft, Slavin (6'3", 205 lbs.) has appeared in 145 career NHL games with the Hurricanes, totaling seven goals, 47 assists (54 points) and a plus-24 rating. Prior to turning professional, he spent two seasons at Colorado College of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), totaling 42 points (10g, 32a) in 66 career games. Slavin represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden.

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