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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history.
The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise’s first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year’s games had just two total penalties.
Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.
The Hurricanes intend on suspending LaCouture, who was signed as a free agent in October, if he doesn’t have an immediate change of heart.
If LaCouture walks away from his contract with the Hurricanes this will fuel the ongoing feud between the KHL and the National Hockey League as, once again, the Kontinental Hockey League would have apparently abandoned its policy of respecting NHL contracts.
from David Amber of ESPN,
Q: With Jared also on the NHL horizon, there will soon be four Staal brothers in the league. How much do you notice when you’re on the ice against one of your brothers?
A: You notice every time. They’re pretty good players, so you need to keep an eye on them or they can do some damage against you. We’re all competitive guys, so every time they’re on the ice I recognize the situation. It makes it fun, but no one wants to lose to their brother.
Q: Would you ever drop the gloves with one of your brothers?
A: [Laughs] I don’t know. I think I would just start laughing if it ever came to that. I remember against Marc at [Madison Square Garden], we were up by a couple of goals with the time running out and we were in the corner, and I got him in a headlock and I was laughing. I couldn’t stop laughing. He got really mad at me, but we didn’t drop the gloves.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
With Maurice back, long-time fans will have plenty of stories to tell, but you don’t have to feel left out. Just because you’re a fan-come-lately doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you drove to Greensboro a few times a week a decade ago. Here’s how to talk like you did:
THE BLACK CURTAIN: The ultimate hard-core merit badge for a Canes fan is to be able to say, “I drove to Greensboro for every game.”
In my daily tour around the web, I noticed many Canes fans are not very open to the hiring of Paul Maurice as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. David at Red and Black Hockey at KK gave his views and following is another.
from Joe Ovies of the Blog at 850theBuzz,
Maurice might be considered a good coach in hockey circles, but he is the depressing face of what hockey used to be in the Triangle for too many loyal fans. Laviolette, in combination with Rutherford’s shrewd roster moves heading into the lockout, ushered in a new era. The organization can’t go back, but they managed to turn back the clock.
The reasons to fire Laviolette now are no different than they were during the summer, expect now the Canes put themselves in an odd position of choosing the next coach out of a shallow pool. They end up with Maurice because he’s “family”, not named Barry Melrose, and most importantly, willing to sign on without a long-term contract.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN the Carolina Hurricanes have fired head coach Peter Laviolette and in a unique about face, have replaced him with former Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice.
Sources say Maurice will remain on as head coach at least until the end of the season, at which point the position will be re-evaluated leaving the Hurricanes the freedom to head in a different direction, or sign Maurice to a long term contract.
added 10:10am, from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes have fired coach Peter Laviolette, who led the team to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship.
The team has called a press conference this morning to announce the coaching change.
from Krista Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press,
Mike Ilitch has the most brand power of any owner in professional sports….
That’s according to the 2008 Turnkey Team Brand Index, a survey released Monday that uses scientific polling to pinpoint how teams and owners are perceived by local fans.
As the Red Wings’ owner, Ilitch came in at No. 1 among 122 professional sports owners, and his Wings ranked No. 4 among teams.
SportsBusiness Journal lists the Top 20 and Bottom 5 Teams. Hockey teams in the top 20 are the Wings, Penguins, Canadiens and Hurricanes. One NHL team is in the bottom 5, the NY Islanders.
Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]
from Paul Branecky at CarolinaHurricanes.com,
After the low point, a 5-1 loss to division rival Washington in which the team’s work ethic was questioned by management, that conclusion would have been a tough one to make.
However, as bleak as the situation may have been back then, GM Jim Rutherford said his finger never got too close to the trigger on making significant changes.
“With what our team’s gone through with the number of injuries and whatnot, to consider making any changes early in November I think would have been way premature,” said Rutherford.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
Laviolette’s uncertain position ranks among the five most significant coaching crises in the Hurricanes’ time in North Carolina—this week’s Tuesday Top Five.
5. NOVEMBER 2008: After consecutive embarrassing losses, Rutherford on Thursday issued a scathing critique of the team’s work ethic. In the end, that’s an area for which the coach bears final responsibility. Coming off last season, when the Hurricanes missed the playoffs because of poor play this time of year, Rutherford made it clear he would not countenance a repeat performance.
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