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What a season this has been for the Leafs. At one point, adding Eric Staal seemed like a dream scenario, maybe even for both sides. Now? If you’re Eric Staal, why on Earth would you want to bother getting involved with Toronto at this time?
-Jeff Blair of Sportsnet where you can read more on this topic.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
This is a very dangerous game the Carolina Hurricanes are playing.
They have almost no chance of making the playoffs – no realistic chance, anyway – and yet their moderate success since Jordan Staal returned from injury has created a rather large gap between the Hurricanes and the NHL’s two bottom-dwellers, who will have the best shot at one of two potential franchise players in this June’s draft.
In other words, as the All-Star Break arrives, the Canes are dangerously close to going on the kind of winning run that would doom the franchise to another five years of mediocrity.
In the NHL, if you’re not going to be good, it’s far better to be very, very bad, especially in a year when there’s a generational prospect available with the No. 1 pick in the draft, which happens every three or four years or so. Connor McDavid may not be a household name yet for casual American hockey fans, but there’s a pretty good chance he will be for the next 15 years or so.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s clear Staal doesn’t want to leave the only NHL team he’s ever played for, and he controls his fate via a no-movement clause. So that’s the first thing that matters here.
Having said that, at some point over the next month or so you have to imagine Carolina general manager Ron Francis will likely sit down with Staal to discuss the future of the franchise and how the captain fits into that. Does he want to stick around for a rebuild?
Keep in mind, Staal’s family loves it in Carolina, and he’s already won a Stanley Cup. He doesn’t have to leave to go chase a championship ring. He’s got one. Don’t underestimate that factor.
But I think one of the reasons Staal couldn’t come out Monday and just totally slam the door on the subject of a trade, given his no-movement clause, is because of this: how would he react if he gets the feeling that the franchise wants to recoup assets for him in their efforts to go younger?
Again, we’re not saying Francis is even thinking about that. But I think you can’t totally discount it. The Hurricanes are 28th in the NHL standings. The first-year Hurricanes GM was charged with making this team better.
Cam Ward's name has been brought up in some of the trade talk lately and Chip Alexander tweets the latest on them...
Francis says personnel decisions may be made at upcoming management meetings. Cites need to take "emotion and frustration" out of decisions.
Asked Francis about Ward-to-Wild rumors. Didn't address specifically but says there are some teams are looking for goalies.
Francis noted Ward has a no-trade clause in contract. Also said FA market for goalies may not be strong and Canes need to be careful.
Michal Jordan is as tough as they come. Despite breaking a finger earlier in the game against the Penguins, he still returned to play. And Chris Kunitz welcomed him back by slashing him on the same hand later.
Watch below, not for the squeamish...
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have activated center Jordan Staal from injured reserve. He is expected to make his 2014-15 season debut in Carolina’s game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at PNC Arena.
Staal, 26, has missed Carolina’s first 35 games this season after suffering a broken right fibula in the team’s preseason game at Buffalo on Sept. 23. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native is in his third season with Carolina, and has scored 25 goals and earned 46 assists (71 points) in 130 games since joining the team via trade in June 2012. Staal (6’4”, 220 lbs.) has notched 145 goals and earned 174 assists (319 points) in 561 NHL career regular-season games with Pittsburgh and Carolina since turning professional at age 18 in 2006. The Penguins drafted Staal in the first round, second overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft.
via a Winnipeg Jets release...
The Winnipeg Jets announced they have acquired defenceman Jay Harrison from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Ottawa’s sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, previously acquired by Winnipeg at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Harrison, 32, is a veteran of 337 NHL games spread over 10 professional seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs & Carolina Hurricanes. The Oshawa, ON native entered the NHL with the Maple Leafs during the 2005-06 season. Harrison has accumulated 70 points (21G, 49A) and 337 penalty minutes during his NHL career. He set offensive career-highs with the Hurricanes in 2011-12, recording nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. Harrison was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 82nd overall, of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Jacob Trouba on IR retroactive to Dec. 14/14.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have acquired a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Jay Harrison. The pick was previously acquired by Winnipeg from Ottawa.
“We thank Jay for his time with the Hurricanes,” said Francis. “He represented our organization with class and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). MacIntyre is being recalled on emergency for Cam Ward who will miss tonight’s game at PNC Arena against the Washington Capitals with a lower-body injury.
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
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