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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.
via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
I have a scenario running through my head that makes a lot of sense. It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Picture this- Carolina, after a third straight loss, decided to make a change behind the bench (this hasn’t happened yet). They bring in a whip cracker (how about Bob Hartley). Then Laviolette, who has a firm but more friendly approach, goes to Tampa where they’ve been beaten up by Torts and Melrose.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
He has no memory of the hit. As for the game itself, there are only a few remaining images but nothing specific. Carolina center Brandon Sutter was knocked unconscious by a crushing Doug Weight hit on October 25, suffering a concussion.
He returned to action for Wednesday’s loss to Washington, sooner than many expected following the hit that sent him to the hospital. But there was no doubt, his head clear and the headaches gone, that it was time.
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“I started practicing with no contact and I felt fine,” Sutter told sportingnews.com. “That was my cue that I was ready to go. I was anxious, I feel like I was back 100 percent.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
TSN has learned that Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Jim Rutherford was formally offered the dual position as president and GM of the Leafs in August of 2007, at which time John Ferguson Jr. was still in place as the GM of the team.
Sources close to the MLSE board told TSN that the Leafs went through a prolonged dialogue with Rutherford that started in August of 2007 when the Leafs requested and were granted permission from Carolina owner Peter Karmanos to talk to Rutherford, the Toronto-area native.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brandon Sutter is ready to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The rookie forward was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing the past eight games with a concussion.
He suffered the injury on Oct. 25 when Islanders forward Doug Weight caught him with his head down while skating through the neutral zone — a legal hit that renewed the debate about headshots in the NHL.
From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:
Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.
*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun via the Ottawa Sun,
As far as comebacks go, Carolina Hurricanes’ Dan LaCouture is pulling a major victory from deep in the jaws of defeat.
And it has little to do with hockey. The 31-year-old is salvaging his life.
Caught in an ugly downward spiral of alcohol and depression the last few years, Lacouture was on his way to losing everything—his career, his wife and newborn daughter and everything he ever held dear.
LaCouture was placed on waivers yesterday.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Brent Sutter said his son, Brandon, is “improving” after the Carolina Hurricanes rookie center suffered a concussion and lost consciousness on a hit by the Islanders on Saturday night….
Brandon Sutter spent Sunday night at his father’s condo in New Jersey after being released from North Shore Hospital on Long Island earlier in the day. Brent Sutter said he spent Saturday night at the hospital with Brandon, who was held overnight in intensive care.
“They monitored him very closely,” Brent Sutter said.
Sutter said his son did not recognize him at first.
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Brandon Sutter suffered a concussion in the Hurricanes’ game on Saturday at the New York Islanders. Sutter, 19, has been discharged from a Long Island hospital and will return to Raleigh where he will be further reviewed by the Hurricanes’ medical staff later this week.
Rutherford also announced that Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered a torn meniscus during Saturday’s game. Dr. Marty Isbell will perform surgery this week at Rex Hospital in Raleigh to repair Pitkanen’s knee. Pitkanen, 25, is expected to miss three to four weeks of action.
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