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from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
(Scott) Walker, beginning his 14th NHL season, concedes he literally fought his way into the league. In his first three full seasons, with the Vancouver Canucks, he had 433 penalty minutes in 186 games.
“I have a little bit of a temper,” he said, smiling. “Sometimes, I forget what happens out there. I say some things or do some things I don’t remember.
“People say, ‘Oh, you’re not scared.’ I’m scared every game. You play scared. There are big guys out there and you can get run over. But that’s how you play—you can feed off the fear.”
“I don’t like being that hot-headed, but I think sometimes your faults are the reason you make it,” he said. “To be honest, it got me in the league and it has helped me stay here.”
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Jeff O’Neill has decided to end his comeback try with the Hurricanes, the team said today.
O’Neill, a former Canes star, came to training camp as an unsigned free agent. The forward did not play in the NHL last season but hoped to win a roster spot with the Hurricanes.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
When Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams tore his right Achilles tendon while running this week, it was sickening stuff for everybody who was watching the accident prior to the players getting on the ice for training camp.
“Joe Corvo told me it was the most disgusting thing he had ever heard. He said it echoed because they were in this huge warehouse,” (Erik) Cole continued. “Willy just dropped and said, ‘What the (bleep) is that?’ All the medical staff knew what had happened. Everybody was like (drawing in their breath).” Williams has had surgery and is out four to six months. He’s in a full leg cast.
many more NHL notes…
from Terrell Williams of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that right wing Justin Williams will have surgery this week to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday morning and is expected to be out for four to six months.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.
from John Forslund at WRAL,
On July 1 the Hurricanes pulled the trigger on a significant and emotional trade by shipping off Erik Cole to the Edmonton Oilers for Joni Pitkanen. The time for analyzing that one is long gone - it’s time to move forward.
For the Hurricanes to get where they want to be this season, this Finnish blue-liner will be a the focal point of it all. There was no question watching last year’s crew go through their set of 82, that the Canes were aching for that defensemen who could put it all together - handle an abundance of minutes, anchor the power play, kill penalties and defend in his own end by managing the puck out of trouble.
They believe they have their man in this 24 year-old Finn.
From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports:
The Hurricanes are following a league-wide trend which began in the summer of 2007 of re-signing potential restricted and unrestricted free-agent stars well before they become eligible to entertain other offers.
Since July, the notable re-signing was Vincent Lecavalier—who was eligible for UFA status next summer—inking a staggering 11-year, $85 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The most recent such deal was the Florida Panthers re-upping defenseman Keith Ballard to a six-year extension believed worth over $4 million per season.
read on for more on this trend and a look at the names that may sign some big offers before next summer
*Article references the news of Eric Staal’s new contract, announced earlier today
The Carolina Hurricanes have called a news conference for Thursday afternoon where they are expected to announce the signing of centre Eric Staal to a multi-year contract extension.
continued and we will update here when it becomes official.
Update 2:19pm ET (alanah): Deal announed. From the News Observer:
The Carolina Hurricanes and star center Eric Staal have signed a seven-year contract that will play the All-Star an average $8.25 million a year, the team announced today.
“This won’t change the way I play hockey. I play to win,” Staal said. “This won’t change my game. I’m a competititve guy. The numbers won’t be in my head. I’ll do my thing.
From the Carolina Hurricanes:
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today unveiled the team’s new alternate uniforms. The Hurricanes will wear the mostly-black uniforms for 15 home games this season, and the new Hurricanes third jerseys go on sale to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the team’s annual season kick-off event, the Caniac Carnival.
“We’re very proud of our traditional uniforms,” said Rutherford. “But after ten seasons in North Carolina and a lot of different ideas from our fans, we felt it was time to introduce an additional look for our team.”
Update 2:59pm ET: This note from Slapshot at the NYT -
BTW, this sweater is different than what was described by Howard Berger in a late July blog post [on HockeyBuzz.com] that claimed to have descriptions of 18 different third jerseys.[...] We hate to say we told you so, but….
from Canes Country,
As everyone knows, Forslund is the television play-by-play announcer for the Carolina Hurricanes and has been with the franchise for 17 years now. He’s done such an outstanding job for the Canes that he has also been called upon to work for Versus and ESPN.
Q. According to Multichannel.com, you have signed on to work for Versus again next year. I was wondering how that agreement with Versus coincides with your commitment to the Hurricanes and FSN?
...This season I’m looking at doing 17 regular season games for them, starting with the October 5th game between Tampa Bay and the Rangers in the Czech Republic, although we will be calling the game from stateside
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