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Andrej Nestrasil Out For The Season With A Fractured Vertebra

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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It Appears John-Michael Liles Has Been Traded To Boston

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Kris Versteeg Headed To Los Angeles

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Afternoon Line- Chip Alexander

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Eric Staal Traded To The New York Rangers, Pending Trade Call

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added 2:16pm, Carolina release is below...

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The Latest On Eric Staal

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Video- Nazem Kadri Hit On Andrej Nestrasil


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Eric Staal A Fit For The New York Rangers?

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The New York Rangers know they shouldn't be in the high-rent(al) district at this trade deadline, but I'll be curious to see if they can resist the temptation.

Especially where it might concern Eric Staal.

The Rangers haven't had a first-round pick since 2012 and they don't have one this year either. Anthony Duclair, a third-round pick who developed like a first-rounder, was sacrificed‎ last year to get Keith Yandle, who is now an expiring contract who can't/won't be re-signed in New York.

Tuesday night's poor effort against New Jersey notwithstanding, the Rangers have played well enough over the last couple of months to not want to shop Yandle in the rental market in an effort to recoup some future considerations. They surely must think they still have a shot; that contending in the East is something they can still see if they squint a bit and don't look too closely in Washington's direction.

But the Rangers also haven’t played so well as to think they're just one notable player away to continue throwing caution to the wind and loading up the mortgage even more. Their current deadline philosophy calls for more cautious spending of lower-level future assets than first-rounders or blue-chip prospects. Or maybe they would consider moving a younger roster player. That is, if they're to add a piece at the deadline‎ - the operative word being if.

But you know how it is when you're in debt. The temptation is always there to go a little deeper. You know, in for a dime, in for a dollar. 

And Eric Staal ‎may represent a unique opportunity.

more on Staal and the Rangers...

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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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