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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When the Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up October with an 0-6-2 record, the Connor McDavid talk was hot and heavy. Fans looked ahead to a miserable season and potential top-three lottery pick in next June's NHL draft. That's no certainty anymore, is it?
Carolina improved to 5-0-1 in the month of November after Monday nights' 4-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames and suddenly are just a game under .500. In the Eastern Conference, that puts you in the playoff. Leading the way Monday was blue-liner Justin Faulk with a goal and two assists; he has five points in his last two games and now is up to 10 points on the season. Not bad for a guy who was dropped by Scott Burnside a week ago in the famous Toronto Media Hacks Hockey Pool. Come on Scotty, you're better than that!
read on for more hockey talk from the ESPN hockey writers...
via the Situation Room blog,
At 9:44 of the first period in the Columbus Blue Jackets/Carolina Hurricanes game, a "good goal" call for Carolina was signalled by the referee in the attacking zone. After the four on-ice officials huddled it was determined that Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin pushed Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney into the net with the puck. According to Rule 78.5 (ix) "Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee when a goaltender has been pushed into the net together with the puck after making a save." This is not a reviewable play therefore the final on-ice decision by the referees stands - no penalty and no goal
Ron Francis, GM of the Carolina Hurricanes was on Hockey Central at Noon and talked about the play of the Hurricanes then the conversation turns to the trade rumors involving the Hurricanes.
Good for Francis on talking about the issues...
video via Sportsnet,
from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
... A more likely trade target is defenseman Andrej Sekera, who is earning $1.75 million this season in actual salary ($2.75-million cap hit) and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. The 28-year-old blueliner is coming off a career-best 44 point performance last season. Sekera also led the Hurricanes last season in blocked shots (127).
Francis probably hopes to re-sign Sekera, but come July he could command over $5 million per season on the open market. If he declines to commit to a contract extension, the Hurricanes could move him.
Sekera will attract interest from clubs seeking defensive help right now. The New York Rangers lost two key rearguards in Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein over the weekend, while the Colorado Avalanche could benefit from the addition of an experienced two-way defender. He’s a left-handed shot, however, meaning he won’t help teams like the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars or Detroit Red Wings, who seek a top-four right-handed blueliner.
Francis faces an uphill battle finding a hockey trade to reverse the Hurricanes early slide. Too many teams lack the cap space or the desperation at this time of the season needed to commit to a significant deal involving a swap of established roster players. Rival GMs calling Francis merely hope to profit from his club’s early-season misery.
more including addtional trade talk...
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Canes coach Bill Peters shut down Semin’s ice time soon after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the forward. After Thursday’s practice, Peters talked more about Semin, whose slow start – no goals, two assists, a minus-seven rating in eight games – mirrors that of the Canes and is a factor in it.
“He’s not moving his feet, not playing with the pace the league is at,” Peters said. “The league is at a very good pace, there’s guys with trap pressure, there’s no time and space, so if you’re not moving your feet you’re going to get caught from behind. If you’re going to make a slow-developing play, guys who were open are going to be covered eventually and everything closes off. So you have to play quicker.”
Asked why Semin had not gotten up to speed, Peters said he wasn’t sure and said he and Semin had discussed the issue.
“We’ve talked. We’ve talked a lot. We’ll see,” he said.
more on the Canes...
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Peter Karmanos is known as a budget-conscious owner. If things don't improve dramatically, the likelihood increases Karmanos puts heat on rookie general manager Ron Francis to trim the payroll that current stands at $66.2 million (according to capgeek.com). This seems somewhat obvious given the fact the Hurricanes invested money this season to put together a more competitive team.
Francis will preach patience, soundly supported by not having his top two centres, a crippling blow for any NHL club. The longer Carolina waits to make a significant deal, the more money that is paid down in salaries, which may not be budget friendly, but could lure a larger collection of bidders - including cap-strapped contenders - if a key piece like (Eric) Staal is legitimately in play.
What we know at this point is; Staal is not going to be the one to come out and say he wants out.
more plus some Calgary, Stamkos and OT talk...
fromo Travis Yost of TSN,
The organization appears headed towards a full-fledged rebuild, and Eric Staal – whose $8.2-million AAV contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season – is an asset that could be shopped to potential suitors.
If Staal’s ever made available, expect numerous playoff-hopeful teams to show interest. A lot of this is because Staal has been durable for most of his career and has been a regular point-producer for as long as he’s come into his first-line, twenty-minute-a-night role. He’s averaged about 2.1 points per 60 minutes over the last seven years at five-on-five, which is in the upper echelon of forward talent.
Like most players inching toward their 30’s – he actually turns 30 Oct. 29 - Staal’s underlying numbers have been in decline. It’s the type of trend less concerning if you’re buying Staal as a true rental at some point this season, but far more concerning if you are considering negotiating a new contract.
So says Chris Johnston of Sportsnet who also discussed the Jake Muzzin signing.
via Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Chantel McCabe, who serves as sideline reporter on the Carolina Hurricanes’ television broadcasts, has been charged with driving while impaired.
McCabe, 25, was charged Saturday after being stopped in the 1600 block of Glenwood Avenue.
RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has placed sideline reporter Chantel McCabe on suspension through Oct. 30.
“In light of what happened this past weekend, we think it is best that Ms. McCabe take some time away from the team,” said Waddell.
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