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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.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today issued the following statement regarding forward Jeff Skinner
“Jeff has been diagnosed with a concussion,” said Francis. “He will continue to be monitored by our team doctors and go through proper protocols in the coming days.”
Skinner sustained the injury from a hit by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen immediately following an offensive-zone faceoff during Sunday’s exhibition game at Verizon Center. No penalty was assessed on the play.
You can watch the hit below...
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced center Jordan Staal will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a fractured fibula in his right leg. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Kevin Logel and Dr. Marty Isbell at Raleigh Orthopaedic and recovery time is estimated at three to four months.
Staal, 26, was injured during the third period of Carolina’s exhibition game at Buffalo on Tuesday, when he got tangled up with Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges. The Thunder Bay, Ont., native did not miss a single game during his first two seasons with the Hurricanes in 2012-13 and 2013-14, totaling 71 points (25g, 46a) in 130 games.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Peter Karmanos, one of the most venerable team owners in the NHL, is looking for someone to succeed him as owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Karmanos has hired New York investment bank Allen & Co. to help him find an investor who would be willing to commit "hundreds of millions of dollars into the team but let me control it," he told TSN.
Karmanos said he wants to partner with an investor who would buy out his interest in the team over time. Karmanos said he is seeking an investor who would value his team at $420 million or more.
"What I am trying to do is set up a reasonable succession plan because I'm not one of those guys who thinks I am going to go on forever," Karmanos said in an interview. "I'd like to have a partner again...but someone will have to pay dearly for it. (The Hurricanes are) a valuable franchise despite what some of your folk in Canada say about them. I don't see a basketball or baseball or football team coming here. We're going to be the lone ranger here (in Raleigh) for quite some time."
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