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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Tim Gleason on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Gleason $1.2 million for the 2014-15 season.
“We obviously know well what Tim brings to our team on and off the ice and how he fits in our organization,” said Francis. “We are happy that he is choosing to return to Raleigh.”
Gleason, 31, split the 2013-14 season between Carolina and Toronto, totaling six points (1g, 5a) and 65 penalty minutes in 56 games. The Clawson, MI, native was traded to the Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 in exchange for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson, after more than seven seasons with Carolina.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Monday was a difficult day for a pair of former Carolina Hurricanes. The Buffalo Sabres decided not to bother even making a qualifying offer to Jamie McBain, a restricted free agent, and the Toronto Maple Leafs initiated buyout proceedings with Tim Gleason.
Both lasted a season (or less) with their new teams after being considered franchise cornerstones here for years. Throw in the long list of players who never played another NHL game after leaving the Hurricanes – Chad LaRose, Tim Brent, Andreas Nodl and so on – and it’s another example of how Carolina’s old front-office regime continually overestimated its roster, to the detriment of the franchise.
It’s starting to feel like the new regime is at risk of falling into the same trap.
New general manager Ron Francis said this weekend his priorities during free agency, which begins Tuesday, are the fourth line and a depth defenseman.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
The team probably will not look to re-sign two other UFAs, defenseman Mike Komisarek or forward Radek Dvorak, Francis said.
Forward Jiri Tlusty is a restricted free agent and Francis said the Canes were in talks with Tlusty and would "definitely qualify him." Final decisions on qualifying offers for the team's other RFAs would be made Sunday, he said.
"There's a couple of guys we're teetering on and need to have a final meeting on," he said.
In assessing the Canes' needs going into free agency, Francis said, "We're looking potentially more in the fourth-line need, maybe, or a depth defenseman at this point."
a bit more including the Hurricanes plan is Cam Ward will be part of the team...
via Nolan McCaskill of the News & Observer,
Hurricanes fans don’t know much about new coach Bill Peters, but Friday seemed willing to give him a chance.
Peters, 49, was named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday and formally introduced Friday at a press conference. The former Detroit Red Wings assistant has no prior head coaching experience in the NHL.
“I’ll be honest with you, I just really never heard of him,” said Michael Beach, 47, an accountant from Raleigh who’s been a fan of the Canes since they moved to North Carolina in 1997.
Alex Amra, 43, owner of Tobacco Road Sports Café from Raleigh, said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the hire, though he thought the Canes would go after Ulf Samuelsson, New York Rangers assistant.
“You gotta go outside the box sometimes,” Amra said. “You can’t just keep recycling them. You gotta give a guy a shot.”
David Finch, 54, CEO of ATCOM and a former season ticket holder from Raleigh, said “armchair goalies” will say the team is trying to save money by hiring an under-the-radar coach. But Finch said he has confidence that the management knows what it’s doing.
“They must know something about this guy,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hearing more about him and why they picked him.”
The Carolina Hurricanes will introduce Bill Peters as their new head coach today.
The event is scheduled to start at 12:00pm ET and you can watch it below...
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Bill Peters has been named the team’s head coach. Peters will be the 13th man to serve as head coach for the franchise, and the fourth since the team’s arrival in North Carolina. Francis will introduce Peters during a news conference on Friday at noon in PNC Arena’s Varsity Club, which will stream live on CarolinaHurricanes.com.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
“It was a good, positive experience,” Muller said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I want to thank Jim for giving me that chance. I gained some good experience being here and I learned a lot. I think I’m a better coach now than when I started.”
A week earlier, Muller had watched from the back of the room as Francis was introduced as the Hurricanes’ new general manager. Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, who spoke glowingly of Muller’s performance in a televised interview late in the season, sat beside Francis.
But Francis’ desire to start fresh led him to call Muller on Sunday and ask him to come into the office Monday. Their meeting was, according to both, cordial and professional, but it ended with Muller out of a job and two of his assistants, Dave Lewis and John MacLean, as well.
“It wasn’t like we lost the night before and came in the next day and boom, you’re gone,” said Muller, 48. “There was a three-week period of weighing what way it’s going to go. I was prepared for it.”
Jeff Marek, John Shannon and Denis Potvin of Sportsnet's Hockey Central @Noon discussed the firing of Kirk Muller and what's next for the Carolina Hurricanes.
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has relieved Head Coach Kirk Muller and Assistant Coaches John MacLean and Dave Lewis of their duties. The Hurricanes also reassigned Goaltending Coach Greg Stefan to the pro scouting department. Assistant Coach Rod Brind’Amour will remain part of the coaching staff.
“We thank Kirk, John and Dave for their time and effort during the past three seasons,” said Francis. “Kirk and his staff worked very hard, but we feel that the team is in need of a fresh start at this time.”
Muller, 48, compiled a record of 80-80-27 during three seasons with Carolina after being named head coach on Nov. 28, 2011. It was his first head coaching position in the NHL.
The press conference was scheduled to start at 12:00pm ET but it looks like they are running a bit behind.
added 12:29pm, Press conference is over.
added, the Canes have made the press conference available so you can watch it at any time.
added 12:14pm, Official press release below..
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