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Time To Make A Deal Or Two In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Coming out of the All-Star break, the Hurricanes knew what it would take to compete, and 4-3-2 was never going to cut it. There’s still a chance they could get hot and make the playoffs, but from the perspective of a pragmatic GM, they’re out of time, and for players with no-trade clauses like Ward and Eric Staal, there’s that much less reason to block a deal.

So what does Francis do? The only unacceptable answer is nothing.

At the least, the four marketable impending free agents should depart: Staal, Ward, Kris Versteeg, John-Michael Liles. It’s less a question of Francis’ philosophy than his salesmanship whether he can generate a market for lesser impending free agents like Riley Nash or Chris Terry. Anything players of that ilk might bring would be a bonus, if Francis can find buyers.

The real challenge is whether Francis can get creative and craft a Jeff Skinner or Jordan Staal deal – neither will ever be more marketable, the way they’re playing – that clears their contracts off the books and would really allow Francis to make drastic changes going forward. Or, even better, also bring back impact players who can help the Hurricanes now and in the future.


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The Carolina Hurricanes Thinking Playoffs And Trade Deadline

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Carolina is 8-6-3 on the road since the December turnaround and 12-13-4 overall. Can the Canes make it through March and still be a playoff contender come April? Good question.

Of course, it may be a moot point. Francis, who keeps things close to the vest, may already have made personnel decisions on such players as Eric Staal and Kris Versteeg and perhaps others due to become unrestricted free agents after the season.

Staal created a stir Thursday before the Ottawa game when he told the Ottawa media, “I’m not going to be crushed if a decision is made and I’m moving on for a different opportunity.” That was only a part of what he said. In fact, he said much the same as he has since April, and again insisted he enjoys playing for the Canes and wants to help the team reach the playoffs again and contend for another Stanley Cup.

Asked about the Ottawa comments after Friday’s game, Staal said, “It was twisted. I didn’t like that. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have answered some of the questions hypothetically. That happens on occasion. I’ll learn from it.

“My focus is with this group and this team and winning games and enjoying coming to the rink with this group.”


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The New York Rangers Could Use Eric Staal

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Staal is an impending free agent whose future in Carolina is unclear. The 31-year-old has a no-move clause, but if GM Ron Francis is not willing to commit to him as the franchise’s ongoing standard-bearer, there would seem more than just a chance Eric would waive it in order to join younger brother Marc on Broadway. Know this: the Rangers have talked about Eric Staal before.

The Candy Canes are on the outskirts of the playoff race after seven straight misses, so maybe they won’t be willing to send their captain out of town. And Staal is having a very good season, third in the NHL among forwards in 5-on-5 Corsi while playing for a very strong possession team.

But realistically, the future isn’t going to be now for Carolina. So what would it take to get him? What will it take in a market that will be directed by Eric’s willingness to waive his no-move?

The Rangers have either this year’s or next year’s first-rounder available, depending on which pick they opt to send Arizona to complete the Yandle deal. Trading the other one would keep the Blueshirts out of the first round for five straight years. But the team hasn’t won the Cup for 21 years, the window is closing, and the makeover can be postponed until the summer.


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Afternoon Line- Ron Francis

"Well I think when we took over the message was pretty clear. We wanted to build this thing right from the bottom up so that when we got to the playoffs we felt we would be a team that could compete year after year on a consistent basis.

"That hasn't changed. Our plan is to continue to build and try and get this right for the long-term. If you're asking me if I'm willing to give up assets or things that we think are important to our future to try and get in (the playoffs) this year then that's not something we're willing to do."

-Ron Francis, general manager of the Carolina Huirricanes.  More on the Canes from the CP at TSN.

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Video- The Carolina Hurricanes Celebrate Their 2006 Stanley Cup Victory

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

They stood at center ice with the Stanley Cup above their heads one more time, just as they did 10 years ago under very different circumstances. Mike Commodore wore his famous robe. Doug Weight and Kevyn Adams lifted the Cup without the pain of wounded limbs this time.

Rod Brind’Amour spoke for those members of the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes who joined him this weekend to celebrate that triumph, and his words carried the weight not only of then but now.

“As an organization, you can’t live in the past, but you have to look back at the successful past because it gives you a blueprint for the future,” Brind’Amour said, the captain of that team and an assistant coach of the current one.

For the fans in attendance Saturday night, those memories of the Stanley Cup remain as fresh as ever.


Watch the ceremony below...

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Video- Marian Hossa Hurt In Loss To The Anaheim Ducks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The lack of depth scoring, the lackluster efforts in home games, the sluggish starts of late — all those quibbling concerns that have troubled the Blackhawks recently looked awfully minor late in the second period Saturday night when Marian Hossa lay crumpled on the ice in the corner, writhing in pain.

A Hampus Lindholm hip check sent Hossa tumbling into the boards, where his left leg appeared to get jammed. Hossa was slow to get up, and was putting little, if any, weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice and back to the dressing room. He did not return.

“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”

When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”...

Quenneville called the Lindholm check “on the borderline.”

“Not much you can say about those hip checks,” Jonathan Toews said. “I think they’re always risky. A guy takes a hit low like that, if your skate gets caught in a rut or can’t quite give out the way you want it to, something’s got to give there. More often than not, it doesn’t end well.”

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watch the hit below and also the game recap...

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Gaining Confidence In Carolina

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

“I think we’re certainly getting the confidence that we can win a few more games than some of these other teams down the stretch,” Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey said. “The toughest part of our schedule is behind us, which was really just this last month. There’s a lot to be optimistic about here.”

That includes Eddie Lack, who stopped 61 of 62 shots in two wins over the Blackhawks this season. Since Cam Ward went on the shelf with a concussion, Lack has a 2.17 goals-against average and .930 save percentage, a substantial improvement on his numbers for the season.

Still, as impressive as Tuesday’s win was, it’s important not to get carried away. To get to the 98 points likely required to make the playoffs, the Hurricanes will have to finish 20-7-4 or its equivalent. That’s an even faster pace than the one the Hurricanes have been on since early December.

There are still big questions to be asked – particularly of these precocious young defensemen going through the grind of an NHL season for the first time and of Lack even after Ward returns – but the Hurricanes showed Tuesday that they can skate circles around the NHL’s best, at least for one night.


Below, watch highlights of Carolina's 5-0 over the Blackhawks...

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Afternoon Line- Travis Yost On The Carolina Hurricanes

We are likely a bit of time away from Carolina accelerating the rebuild into phase two, where they’ll be expected to grab one of the eight playoff berths. But, the mere fact that they’re in contention in a year that was pegged for lottery contention is hugely encouraging. Keep an eye on this team – and this defence – in the second half of the season.

-Travis Yost of TSN where you can read why Yost feels this way.

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The Uncertain Future Of Eric Staal

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The uncertainty, Eric Staal admits, has weighed upon him more than he has let on at times. It isn’t just about playing out the final year of his contract without knowing what comes next. As a player, he can deal with that. As a husband and father and brother, it gets a little tougher.

As the season rolls on with no negotiations between Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes, with the trade deadline now a mere seven weeks away, with a resolution likely coming soon one way or another, Staal’s season in limbo approaches a conclusion.

The Hurricanes’ captain has said all the right things and handled the thousands of questions just about everywhere the team goes as well as he can, but there’s only so much he can say when such an important issue remains unresolved.

“It’s been more challenging than I thought it would be, but I’m doing my best,” Staal said. “Doing my best to contribute and try and help this team win and play hard. I have a family. There’s things you think about. My brother’s playing here. There are a lot of different things you think about. You try not to worry about it too much, and play, and hopefully we can get on a little bit of a run here and go from there and let it sort itself out. We’ll see what happens.”


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Report- No Discipline For The Brad Malone Hit On Nick Foligno

Nick Foligno is on IR with an upper-body injury.



added 3:33pm, DoPS with the video explanation below, why no discipline...

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