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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
While the NHL gets closer to expansion – Las Vegas? Quebec City? Delay? Nowhere? – and persistent relocation rumors continue to swirl around the Carolina Hurricanes, new drama is developing within the franchise itself.
A lawsuit filed last week alleges Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. has defaulted on more than $100 million he borrowed from a trust established for his three adult sons, the plaintiffs, who also allege the trust was used in various ways to “support the Hurricanes.”
If Karmanos has been drawing on his sons’ trust fund to keep the Hurricanes afloat, it certainly makes you question what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
“Mr. Karmanos has been for some time considering whether to take on a partner,” Bettman said Monday. “There’s no issue relating to the Hurricanes.”
The Carolina Hurricanes saluted Eric Staal with this video tribute.
I’ve been around the organization long enough to know that it’s in good hands. It’s led by smart people and has a lot of young talent that I think will bring a new wave of success.
As we go our separate ways, I want to express nothing but gratitude to the Carolina Hurricanes for everything they’ve done for me. From the fans to the players to people working in the meal room, thank you so much.
I may play for New York now, but Carolina is always going to feel like home.
-Eric Staal of the New York Rangers who play in Carolina on Thursday. More from Staal at The Players' Tribune.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that forward Andrej Nestrasil will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Nestrasil, 25, suffered a fractured vertebra in Carolina’s game at Toronto on Feb. 25, when he sustained a hit and fell awkwardly into the boards. The Prague native posted NHL career-highs this season in games played (55), goals (9), assists (14) and points (23), and had earned 14 points (4g, 10a) in Carolina’s 20 games from Jan. 8-Feb. 23, prior to being injured. Nestrasil (6’3”, 200 lbs.) is in his second season with Carolina after being claimed on waivers from Detroit on Nov. 20, 2014. He has scored 16 goals and earned 27 assists (43 points) in 108 NHL games with the Red Wings and Hurricanes. Detroit drafted Nestrasil in the third round, 75th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
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