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Maurice Has Faith In His Team

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Coach Paul Maurice is faced with the realization his 2-11-3 team must carry on without the services of injured franchise linchpins Eric Staal (upper body) and Cam Ward (left leg laceration) for the foreseeable future.

“I still believe in this team,” Maurice said after Monday’s practice. “We had a tough stretch back in 2003 when half our team was in the medical ward and, even though we were bringing kids up, we weren’t getting any better.

“Here it’s been frustrating because the last 4-5 games we don’t feel we’ve been that far off from the game we need to be playing. Clearly, we have to be a defensive team, but, at the end of the day, we can’t count on winning 1-0 every night.”

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Report- Legace Will Sign With Carolina

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Legace will sign with Hurricanes today.

added 1029am,

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Manny Legace on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Legace $500,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

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Cam Ward Had Surgery To Repair Lacerated Thigh Muscle

vai the Twitter of Aaron Portzline,

CAR G Cam Ward had surgery late Saturday/early Sunday to repair a lacerated muscle in left thigh. Still in Cols. hospital.

added 4:40pm, The Canes official Twitter...

Ward suffered a laceration of the left upper leg during last night’s game and will be evaluated more upon his return to Raleigh on Monday.

It also mentions Ward will be out at least 3-4 weeks and no mention of any surgery.

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  Tags: cam+ward

Sources Say

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say Carolina has been offering D Joe Corvo to teams trying to improve their power play. Making $2.75 million, Corvo is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and it’s doubtful he’ll be kept. The biggest issue for the ’Canes could be C Rod Brind’Amour. The 38-year-old is struggling and has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $3.6 million per season. The ’Canes need to get quicker. A move that could be imminent in Carolina: Ron Francis taking over from coach Paul Maurice.

more from Bruce’s sources…

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Cam Ward Cut By Skate Of Rick Nash Tonight

Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.

update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.

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  Tags: cam+ward, rich+nash

Eric Staal Out With Upper-Body Injury

via Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes center Eric Staal will miss some games because of an upper-body injury suffered Sunday against the San Jose Sharks, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.

Staal has played in 349 consecutive regular-season games, but that streak will end, Rutherford said. He has missed just one game in his career, late in his rookie season.

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  Tags: eric+staal

Rutherford Will Try To Fix Canes

from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Rutherford indicated he would like to make changes to his team, but acknowledged that would be difficult given the early stage of the season. Teams looking to add players take on a bigger financial responsibility now than they would at the trade deadline, and many don’t have substantial cap space following recent off-season signings.

One direction Rutherford may take is giving more responsibility to the team’s talented young players in Albany, such as Drayson Bowman and Zach Boychuk, who have hovered around a point-per-game pace in their first full professional season at the AHL level.

“If we can move certain players, then we can start to transition into the team that we felt we would transition into next year,” said Rutherford. “We do have a lot of good young players now, and I’m not sure that they’re 100 percent ready to play here, but if we’re not going to win with a veteran team then we may as well transition sooner rather than later.”


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  Tags: jimmy+rutherford

What’s Wrong With Carolina?

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

In the winter of 2003, after a dismal six-goal loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Carolina Hurricanes reached the inevitable conclusion that no matter how hard anyone tried or what anyone did, their season was only getting worse. And it proceeded to get worse, all the way to last place.

Is it possible the Hurricanes have reached that point on the first day of November, after a dismal four-goal loss to another West Coast team? After all, this is the first time the Hurricanes have gone nine games without a win since then.

This team doesn’t have the injury problems or overwhelming lack of interest the 2002-03 team developed as it slid down the standings, but it also doesn’t have a whole lot of answers, either.


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Ruutu Calls Tucker To Apologize For The Hit

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu said today that he has called Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche and apologized for the hit from behind that left Tucker with a concussion.

Ruutu was suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit in Friday’s game in Denver.

“It was a bad hit by me,” Ruutu said. “I wasn’t really worried about the suspension. I was worried about the guy.

“It looked pretty bad. It just happened. I think he’s doing better. I’m so sorry about what happened but everything happened so quickly.

“I wish I could get it back but I can’t.”


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  Tags: darcy+tucker, tuomo+ruutu

Tuomo Ruutu Hit On Darcy Tucker

Ruutu received 5 minutes for boarding along with a 10 and game misconduct.

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...it seems like Darcy Tucker escaped potentially catastrophic injury tonight. After being taken from the ice on a stretcher from Tuomo Ruutu’s hit from behind, eyewitnesses said later tonight that Tucker walked out of the Pepsi Center. He was on his way to the hospital for further tests, but Avs personnel told me Tucker appears to have “escaped” with a concussion and stitches to the head.

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added 11:40am, According to Ben Hankinson, Ruutu receives a 3 game suspension.

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, tuomo+ruutu

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