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Cam Ward robs Joel Ward; even the goal horn person was fooled.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Dany Heatley’s foot speed is a concern in today’s racehorse NHL, but it’s his hands that have really deserted him. He’s a half-second slow on the trigger, which is not surprising for scorers as they get older. “Everybody talks about your feet going as you get older, but it’s your hands,” said Jari Kurri, in his last NHL days. Heatley is only 32, but it would surprise no one if the Minnesota Wild used one of their get-out-of-jail cards to buy out Heatley this summer. He’ll make $5 million next season.
- Jeff Skinner’s two concussions in the last 14 months are a concern, for sure. He’s only three years into his NHL career. The first came on the Andy Sutton smackdown at Rexall Place last season. The second was against the Toronto Maple Leafs a few days ago when he piled headfirst into the boards after a Mark Fraser hit. In both cases, he seemed fine, then the headaches and post-concussion stuff started a few days later. Skinner is an Olympic team candidate with some of the NHL’s sweetest hands. “He can score at any moment,” said Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.
“It was tough to lose his scoring ability when he wanted to play, but all in all, I think we’ve been doing well without him.”
“Some nights you didn’t even know if he was gonna come to the rink. It’s tough to play alongside guys like those because you don’t know what you’re gonna get out of ‘em.”
-Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals on Alexander Semin of the Carolina Hurricanes. Semin and the Canes visit Washington tomorrow, read a bit more from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
via Chip Alexander of Canes Now,
Canes forward Jeff Skinner has sustained a concussion and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team has announced.
Skinner, the team's second-leading scorer, missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. He was injured Thursday during the Canes' game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, taking a couple of hard hits and once going helmet-first into the boards.
Skinner said after the game that he felt fine. He was at practice Friday and took part in the annual "Skate with the Canes" event later that night with fans.
The Canes had Saturday off. Skinner was unable to practice Sunday, did not make the trip to Montreal for the game Monday against the Canadiens and missed practice the past two days.
Skinner has seven goals and seven assists in 13 games this season and ranked second to Eric Staal in points. The 2011 Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year, he scored 31 goals in 2010-2011 and 20 last season.
Watch one of the hard hits to Skinner in the Toronto game below...
NHL.com GameCenter describes the goal by Max Pacioretty as a wrist shot...
from Mark Masters of TSN,
Eric Staal heard the buzz. He heard that Alexander Semin, his new teammate, did not have the work ethic to match his immense skill. He heard the phrases 'coach killer' and 'enigmatic' applied to the 28-year-old. And he didn't know what to believe.
"I knew he had a ton of skill, obviously, I'd seen him for a lot of years in Washington and he scored a lot of goals against our team, but, a lot of stuff was said about him that, for me, I wasn't going to judge or be opinionated on it until I knew him and met him and got to play with him," the Carolina Hurricanes captain said.
And the early returns have been overwhelmingly positive.
"He has been nothing but great," said Staal. "He's been a great teammate for everyone in this room and the type of guy who competes in practice and in games and that's all you can ask for."
Tim Wallace received 5 for boarding, a 10 and game misconduct for this hit.
from Doug Harrison of CBC,
You signed free-agent forward Alexander Semin to a one-year dea llast July with hopes he would play alongside Eric Staal. So far, Semin has played well offensively (one goal, six points) and been responsible defensively (plus-7). Do you consider him your best $7-million investment in recent memory?
“Yeah. I don’t want to discount other guys but both Alex and the Hurricanes entered this as, let’s do this [deal] just one year and see if it fits for both sides. Boy, he’s been a very good player for us. He could have five, six goals by now, he’s hit so many goal posts. But it’s not even the fact he has one goal. He’s played the game at both ends of the rink. Players have to focus on him all the time.
They’re watching Semin, which opens [the ice] up a little more for Eric. He’s such a talented player, he can do whatever he wants, quite frankly. If he’s determined to score a goal, he’s gonna get his chances. If he’s going to play a two-way game, he can play it. He can kill penalties, play the power play. He’s been every bit as good as I hoped he’d be.
more Q & A regarding the Hurricanes...
"I feel like we are a Stanley Cup contender. We're going to win an awful lot of hockey games. I'm as optimistic as I've ever been. In 2005-2006, I went on the record when people were picking us to finish dead last and said we were going to be a really good hockey team, and I'm more optimistic about this team than I was then."
-Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. More from Chip Alexander of Canes Now.
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Dan Ellis on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Ellis a prorated $650,000 for the 2012-13 season.
“Dan is an experienced netminder who has had good years in the NHL, and played well for Charlotte this season,” said Rutherford. “We feel it is important to have a veteran goalie to partner with Cam during the compressed season."
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired forward Kevin Westgarth from the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange for Westgarth, Carolina has traded forward Anthony Stewart, its 2013 fourth-round draft pick and a sixth-round selection in the 2014 draft to the Kings.
“We were looking for a character, team guy who can play a gritty role for our team,” said Rutherford. “Kevin is a good addition to fill that spot.”
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