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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com: What do you think is the greatest challenge for the NHL today?

RF: “Oh, well, I think the on-ice portion has made some great strides in opening up the game since the lockout season. I have always felt going way back that our League has the best players not only from North America, but from the world. To allow these guys to show off their talents and display what they can do on thin blades with the puck, and force other players in the League to emulate them and elevate their level will make our game better. I have never been a fan of allowing the other players to pull down the more skilled guys, and in the last few years the game has gotten faster and there are plays that people are just shaking their heads at.

On the other side, the challenge will always be keeping that financial balance. The players deserve to make a good living at what they do and the franchises and owners deserve to make money for their investment and risk.

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Hitting The Ice

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The “official” unofficial practices don’t start for another two weeks. The “unofficial” unofficial practices have been going steady since April, when Brind’Amour started skating by himself a few times a week to rehab the knee injury that ended his season on Valentine’s Day.

“It’s time to pick up the pace a little bit,” Brind’Amour said. “When you’re by yourself, that’s one thing. Passing and going a little harder is the next step.”

Other players started joining him last month, and the ex-Hurricanes still outnumber the Hurricanes, with Brind’Amour and Chad LaRose representing the home team in a group that Thursday included Aaron Ward, Craig Adams, Bates Battaglia (and his younger brother Anthony), Jesse Boulerice and Shane Willis, all of whom live in the Triangle.

read on

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!

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Jeff O’Neill Gets Tryout With Canes

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that the former Canes forward, who did not play in the NHL last season, has been invited to the team’s preseason camp next month. O’Neill, 32, has not signed a contract.

“In training camp, the door is open for players to make the team,” Rutherford said. “That’s the opportunity we’ll give him. He said he plans to come in early and work out with the guys. He has the right mindset.

“We have talked about a contract, but it makes sense for him to come to training camp for the tryout and then us talk about a contract.”

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Hurricanes Will Retire Wesley’s Sweater

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team will honor longtime defenseman Glen Wesley prior to and during its game on Tuesday, Feb. 17 against the Boston Bruins. The team will formally retire Wesley’s No. 2 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the Hurricanes’ all-time games-played leader throughout the evening.

“Glen played the most games as a Hurricanes player, and did so at a high level,” said Rutherford. “We are honored to have been a part of his distinguished playing career and look forward to paying tribute to his accomplishments.”

continued

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Canes Hope To Unveil Alternate Sweater

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

When the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in the second home game of the season, there’s a good chance only one team will be in red.

The Canes hope to unveil their new, NHL-approved alternate jerseys — expected to be black with the team’s secondary, waving-flag logo on the chest — at the Caniac Carnival in September and could wear them on the ice as early as Oct. 13 against Detroit.

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Canes Thinking Of Bringing Jeff O’Neill Back

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Monday’s re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.

One name under consideration? Jeff O’Neill.

Yes, that Jeff O’Neill.

The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.

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Carolina’s Last Signing: Chad LaRose Inks 1 Year Deal

From the Carolina Hurricanes:

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed forward Chad LaRose to a one-year contract. The deal will pay LaRose $875,000 for the 2008-09 season.

“This should be the last signing to complete our team heading into this season,” said Rutherford. “We’re glad to come to an agreement and avoid arbitration with Chad.”

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Canes Sign Seidenberg

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on a one-year contract worth $1.2 million. Rutherford also announced that restricted free-agent forward Chad LaRose has elected to file for salary arbitration.

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Canes May Move A Dman

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

So that points to Frank Kaberle and Niclas Wallin, both stalwarts of the 2006 Cup team. Kaberle was once the Canes’ offensive pivot point, but declining numbers and new arrivals have reduced his role and made him expendable.

With Pitkanen, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Babchuk ahead of Kaberle in the power-play point depth chart, it’s tough to pay Kaberle $2.2 million. Whether the Canes will find any takers for a player who has had two injury-ridden seasons of declining performance is another matter.

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Morning Line

“Obviously, I’m very close to Erik,” Staal said. “I’ve been good friends with him since the moment I came into the league. He was one of those guys who was there my first year and he did anything to help out as a friend and roommate. Along the way we became very close.

“When you develop a friendship with someone, to see them get traded is tough. It was hard for me to hear but it’s part of the game, part of the business and you have to kind of move forward I guess.”

-Eric Staal on Erik Cole at the News & Observer

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