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A Good Day For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Let’s make this most important point first: Peter Karmanos should have and deserves the fervent and genuine appreciation of Carolina Hurricanes fans for bringing the team here and keeping it here. None of this, the good times and the bad, would have happened without him....

All that said, this is a glorious day. He finally has an agreement in place to sell the team, even if there are still more hurdles to clear, and he’ll still be a minority partner. And to someone who isn’t Quebecor. Pardon, Quebec.

Dallas businessman Thomas Dundon, who made his money in subprime auto loans, has pledged to keep the team here, although such promises are always fungible. Karmanos himself promised when he bought the Hartford Whalers in 1994 to keep the team in Connecticut for four years. He moved them here after three.

The indecision and uncertainty surrounding Karmanos’ increasingly tenuous personal finances held this franchise hostage for far too long. His absentee ownership – for almost 20 years, he promised to move himself or his business to Raleigh in some capacity and never did – kept the Hurricanes from making the inroads in the community they should have long ago. And the force of his personality and penchant for pile-driving his foot into his mouth always made for interesting times for those who had to work for him and deal with him on a daily basis.

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The Sale Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Be Decided Today

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The Latest Sale Talk Regarding The Carolina Hurricanes

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

There may be three more potential buyers for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Team president Don Waddell said Wednesday that talks with Texas-based sports attorney Chuck Greenberg have slowed down and that other possible buyers have emerged, including Dallas businessman Tom Dundon.

“The Greenberg thing had been ongoing as we all know,” Waddell said. “It has slowed down. We haven’t heard back from Chuck in a while. We believe he is actively trying to find investors.

“But there are others groups that have now stepped forward and taking hard looks at the franchise. Obviously, Tom Dundon’s name came out today, a Dallas businessperson who has a lot of interest.”


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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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